There are various social benefits available for older people. Here we explain what allowances and benefits are provided by the government, how much you might receive and how to apply.
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In this guide
There is a range of benefits for pensioners, including include free prescriptions and eye tests, help with travel and rent and the winter fuel allowance. Read on to find out more.
Read our practical guide to attendance allowance, how much it is and how to fill in the attendance allowance form.
Learn how personal independence payment (PIP) can help with some of the extra costs associated with long-term illness or disability.
Find out about the constant attendance allowance (CAA), who can get it and how much it is.
Read about the state pension, how much it is and how to get the state pension.
Learn about the two parts of pension credit - guarantee credit and savings credit - together with eligibility, how much it is and how to get it.
Follow our advice on how to challenge a ‘decision letter’ by asking for a written statement of reasons and possibly submitting a formal appeal.
Richard visits his mother Pam in her nursing home every day and tells of the benefits and allowances he has claimed.
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Jerry’s parents moved into care homes and he had to deal with the changing pattern of their finances and government allowances.
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