A charity is running free workshops intended to help with the process of claiming state pension age benefits in Scotland.
It could be useful to people completing claim forms for benefits such as Attendance Allowance and people can attend whether they’re claiming for themselves or on behalf of someone else.
Age Scotland said the one-hour “Attendance Allowance: Completing the form” workshop can provide “information, strategies and tips” to make the process “more simple and less daunting”.
The sessions are intended to raise awareness of common benefits that support older people, including Pension Credit, Attendance Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction.
Age Scotland said their free workshops cover the most relevant social security payments for older people in Scotland
There are around 1.07 million people of state pension age in Scotland, including 120,000 households who are eligible for Pension Credit but not claiming it.
This benefit, intended for the lowest income pensioners, raises their state pension level and means they are entitled to other support such as council tax reduction, housing benefit and other financial support. It can be worth thousands of pounds more per year for pensioners on a low income.
Age Scotland’s interim CEO Katherine Crawford, told GB News: “Too often, important sources of financial support such as Pension Credit, Council Tax Reduction, and Attendance Allowance go vastly underclaimed when they could be making a real difference to the lives of older people on low incomes. It’s so important to raise awareness and encourage further uptake of this support.
“Our free workshops cover the most relevant social security payments for older people, as well as considering how we might break down barriers that make people reluctant to unlock their entitlements.
“Our training is available free to older people and people who support them across Scotland, helping them feel better prepared when it comes to handling social security entitlements and confident that they’re not missing out on support.”
The sessions will cover the main rules, plus how to make a claim and “what to do if something goes wrong”.
The workshops take place online via the free Teams app, so participants will need a laptop, computer, tablet or smartphone and an internet connection.
People can sign up for one of the events via Eventbrite, and joining instructions will be sent 24 hours before the session.
The link to each Eventbrite page can be found on the Age Scotland website.
Age Scotland is holding a number of sessions
Age Scotland is currently holding the following sessions:
Tuesday 19 September: 2pm – 3.30pm
Wednesday 27 September: 11am – 12.30pm
Monday 9 October: 2pm – 3.30pm
Tuesday 17 October: 2pm – 3.30pm
Monday 30 October: 11am – 12.30pm
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