Provided by Mae Stewart, Editor UNISON Retired
members Newsletter, Dundee, Perth and Angus. Please note
that this is not definitive information about benefits but will
provide a signpost as to where to get up to date information.
Please check the sources first. UNISON Scotland can take no responsibility
for information that may be outdated or inaccurate.
Issue 7 July 2004
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attended the Pensioners Forum Conference in Glasgow this month, where I obtained
the following information:
Free Central Heating - [This grant does not
depend on your income.]
The Scottish Executive has issued a booklet
on how you can claim free central heating if you or a partner are over 60 years
You may be eligible for a grant if your home does not have a central
You may still be eligible if your home has central heating
but it is completely broken and cannot be repaired.
You must own your own
home or rent it from a private landlord.
If you feel you can apply then
you can either write to the company who are installing the heating:
the help line for any information you require, between 8.30am - 5.30pm [Monday
to Friday] on; 0800 316 1653
A Quick Guide to
Benefit Rates for the Over 60's [from April 2004]
Age Concern Scotland
issues this small pocket guide about your entitlements. Although there was no
telephone number on the actual pocket reference that I picked up, Age Concern
has a free help line, which may be able to provide you with one. Telephone
on 0800 00 99 66
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£Millions Unclaimed - Forget Good Luck - Know Your Rights
booklet issued by Age Concern provides a guide to claiming your benefits. Contents
- Help if you have a low income - Age Concern Information
Note Pension Credit [IS 14] or contact our information line
- How to Pay
less Council Tax - Age Concern Factsheet 17 and Factsheet 21
- State Pensions
- Age Concern Factsheet 19 & soc.security leaflet NP46
- Help with Health
Costs - Age Concern Info. Sheet [LC/20] & Dept. Health Leaflet HC11
Bills and other Costs - Age Concern Factsheet 1 and Factsheet 28 [info for telephones]
and Disability Benefits - Age Concern Factsheet 34 - attendance allowance: 0800
88 22 00
- Attendance Allowance - Benefits Enquiry Line on: 0800
88 22 00
- Disability Living Allowance [DLA] - This is for people who
become disabled and make a claim
- before age 65. Benefits Enquiry
Line on: 0800 88 22 00 cont:
- If you are a carer - Age Concern Information
Sheet LC/15 [Carers Allowance]
- Concessions and help with Occasional Expenses
- Age Concern Factsheet 49; 26; 3 & leaflet GL 18
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Information - [Age Concern]
Books -Your Rights 2004 - 2005
Guide to money benefits for older people. Cost £4.99. Available from all good
bookshops, Age Concern Offices or Age Concern online bookshop at: www.ageconcern.org.uk
- full of practical advice and support for services for over 50's
- Department for Works and Pensions website
- The first port of call for state and private pensions information on The web
Your Local Concern
To find your nearest Age
Concern call free on: 0800 00 99 66
Guide - Scotland
Making the most of Government Help and Advice.
are all sorts of help out there. It's a question of knowing where to find it.
scanned through this booklet I think it would be a most useful tool in working
towards getting your correct entitlements.
There are many topics and many
helpful telephone numbers. I would recommend that you get yourself this booklet.
Scottish Executive, The Pensions Service, part of the Department of Work and Pensions,
issue it. Some of the information could apply to those under pension age as well,
so you could pass it on to your younger friends/family, there might just be something
in it for them.
If you are writing post your request for the above booklet
[isbn number 1-84388-23-7] to;
Remember to say it is the Pensioners Guide SCOTLAND
[England and Wales are different]
General enquiries to: 0845 6060
This Booklet on the Internet: www.thepensionservice.gov.uk/retired
General Website: www.thepensionservice.gov.uk
[your gas and electricity watchdog]
You may be entitled to free
services from your energy supplier if you are: Of pensionable age. Living with
disabilities, chronic sickness, or have a visual or hearing impairment.
Special services are provided
through a scheme known as the Priority Service Register [PSR]. To obtain this
information/assistance contact energywatch on: 0845 906 0708
Floor, Artillery House
London - SW1P 1TRT
Guide To Direct Payments [Department for Work & Pensions]
Way to Pick up Your Benefit.
For information on this Factsheet telephone: 0800
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to Beat the Bogus Caller - [Booklet issued by the Home Office.]
hints and tips on how to deal with and beat bogus callers.
First and foremost
you should report any bogus callers who call at your home.
If you have information
on bogus callers you can telephone CRIMESTOPPERS on: 0800 555 111
booklet gives numbers you can call if you are bothered/concerned with this type
Seniorline 0800 800 6565.
You could also call your
local council, or your Crime prevention Officers.
Age Concern also has
a telephone number: 0800 00 99 66
It states n the booklet that
it was important to remember that most callers to our homes are genuine people,
who would be more than pleased to produce some form of identification to put your
mind at rest.
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Value for EVERYONE over 50 [issued by Age Concern]
Home Insurance, Motor Insurance, Motor Breakdown, Travel Insurance, And Financial
Arrangements. Telephone: 0800 169 2700 - 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week.
As usual I finish off ‘members information' by tendering my apologies
to anyone/ organization where I have given incorrect numbers or misquoted any
information. I do check all the information in the newsletter, but mistakes are
sometimes made. Remember, if you do telephone the wrong department, then ask them
to give you the correct department, or find it for you. The main thing is you
could be entitled to any of the help or benefits you've just read about.
TELEPHONE, email or whatever, and check it out.
can only say no, and they might say yes!
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