There are a large number of welfare benefits available to people who satisfy the appropriate criteria. Some are means tested and some are non-means tested. Many benefits are under-claimed. Some benefits do overlap and if you are in receipt of one benefit, it may impact on your eligibility for another.
This area of law is very complex and is rapidly changing. Our specialist Elderly Client team can advise you and your family members on eligibility for Welfare Benefits and Universal Credit.
It is always important to seek advice if there is a change in circumstance too.
The Welfare Benefit system is changing. Universal Credit will apply to people of working age, but it has a knock on affect for older people. The Welfare Reform Act 2012 abolishes Tax Credits and Housing Benefit, but Pension Credit will instead include a housing element. A brief overview of each type of benefit available for the elderly under the new regime, is listed in our Guide to Welfare Benefits which covers:
Universal Credits – what does this mean for the elderly?
We will be able to advise you of your possible entitlements, as well as current payment rates and talk about Universal Credit, when we see you at a meeting.
Our specialist team can advise on the benefits available for elderly clients to ensure they are claiming all benefits to which they are entitled.