MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay is reminding constituents that this month Care and Repair Cymru are supporting National Benefits Awareness Month to encourage older people in Wales to check their entitlement to welfare benefits, in case they are missing out on any additional support.
As a former Older People’s Champion, Nick is well aware of the many challenges that come with advancing age, and of Care and Repair’s commitment to ensure that older people can remain living independently at home for as long as possible.
There are currently 13.5 million people living below the poverty line in the UK, yet the latest UK government figures show that around £19.18 billion of welfare benefits go unclaimed each year.
“Care and Repair is a charitable body committed to helping older people have homes that are safe, secure and appropriate to their needs,” said Nick. “As well as identifying needs for repairs, maintenance and adaptations, they also provide financial information - in applying for grants etc, together with practical help on form filling and obtaining builders’ estimates.
“Last year alone Care and Repair conducted Welfare Benefit Assessments for 59% of clients and of those, 1,079 (16%) were able to claim additional benefits totalling over two million pounds!
“Many people may be unaware of what they are entitled to or find it difficult to cope with the complex system and the paperwork involved in making a benefits claim. I would urge anyone who thinks they may be entitled to welfare benefits to get in touch with Care and Repair – they truly are the Older People’s Housing Champion.”
The local office for Care and Repair is at Ty’r Felin, Lower Mill Field, Pontypool. Torfaen, NP4 OXJ, tel: 01495 745936; the local rate number from anywhere in Wales is 0300 111 3333 and the website is www.careandrepair.org.uk