Welfare Benefits for the elderly

There are a large number of welfare benefits available to people who satisfy the appropriate criteria. Some are means tested and some are not.

Many benefits are under-claimed. Some benefits overlap and if you are in receipt of one benefit, it may impact on your eligibility for another. It is always important to seek advice if there is a change in circumstance, because that too could affect your entitlements.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) has had an impact on Welfare Benefits, and the criteria may now be different depending on an individual’s circumstances.

This area of law is complex. Our specialist Elderly Client team can advise you and your family members on eligibility for the latest Welfare Benefits and Universal Credit.

 

Welfare Benefits and Universal Credit

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:

  • State Pension
  • Pension credit
  • Attendance allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Industrial disablement benefit
  • Carer's allowance
  • Widowed parent's allowance
  • Bereavement allowance
  • Bereavement payment

Universal Credits – what does this mean for the elderly?

  1. Abolition of Housing Benefit
  2. Abolition of Tax Credits
  3. Abolition of Council Tax Benefit
  4. Replacement of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) by Personal Independence Payment (PIP). [Previous DLA claimants may be transferred to PIP]
  5. Abolition of the Social Fund

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.

Why choose Furley Page for benefits advice for the elderly

Our specialist team can advise on the benefits available for elderly clients to ensure they are claiming all benefits to which they are entitled.

How can we help you

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Key Contacts

Nicola August

Partner & Head of Vulnerable Client

Val Prosser Val Prosser

Senior Associate