£2.4m in benefits gained for Notts residents
Nottinghamshire residents with care and support needs have gained around £2.4m of previously unclaimed benefits this year alone, thanks to an advice service run by the County Council that has been running since 2011.
Since January the Council has supported around 2,000 local people to access benefits advice to enable them to live independent lives and plan for the future.
This work makes sure carers and disabled people are claiming benefits they are entitled to and brings income into the Council where people pay a contribution towards their care and support needs.
Residents may be eligible for benefits if they have a long-term illness or disability, care for someone, have a disabled child or are over pension age.
Potential benefits people can access include Attendance Allowances, Tax Credits and Personal Independence Payment.
The Department for Work and Pensions estimated in 2017 that unclaimed benefits in the UK totals around £13bn a year.
Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “Many carers and people with disabilities are unaware of the benefits available to them to help them lead independent lives and this advice service helps people to maximise their benefits income.”
A range of advice organisations in Nottinghamshire that can provide support are listed at www.nottshelpyourself.org.uk
Residents with care and support needing to seek benefits advice can contact the Council on 0300 500 80 80.