According to Age UK, three-quarters of older people in the UK are worried about the rising cost of living. If you’re concerned about how you will manage during this period, there are a number of entitlements that you may be able to access as an older person.
Pension Credit is a weekly benefit to people of state pension age to help boost your income. You can still be working to receive it as long as your income isn’t too high. Find out more information about Pension Credit.
You may be able to get a payment to help with the cost of living if you’re getting certain benefits or tax credits. If you’re eligible, you’ll be paid automatically in the same way you usually get your benefit or tax credits. Find out more about Cost of Living payments.
There are number of energy grants that are available to older people or those on low incomes. More information of these schemes can be found on our energy page or the Age UK website also has comprehensive information.
It’s important to make sure you’re claiming all the benefits that you’re entitled to as an older person or if you care for someone who is sick or disabled. The Age UK website has a useful summary of benefits that an older person may be entitled to. Alternatively the Citizens Advice website has lots of information about benefits.
Sadly older people are more regularly targeted by scammers and are often more susceptible to scams. The Citizens Advice website has some useful information about how to spot a scam and what to do if you’ve fallen victim to a scam. Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed.