Ian Lavery, Member of Parliament for Wansbeck is hosting an event at East Bedlington Community Centre as part of his ongoing campaign to help assess whether pensioners in this constituency are receiving all of the money they are entitled to through attendance allowance.
Ahead of the event on Wednesday 19th June at 13:00 – 15:00, Mr Lavery said; “Many people across our constituency are missing out on getting attendance allowance, worth up to £85.60 a week, simply because they are not aware they are entitled to receive it.”
Attendance allowance is a tax-free benefit paid to people of state pensionable age who need help to look after themselves because of physical or mental disability. But Mr Lavery says that many residents, including those in Bedlington, have wrongly been put off from applying as they do not currently receive any help in this regard. The allowance is based on the help you may need, not the help you actually get, and you can get it irrespective of your income.
Attendance Allowance is paid at two weekly rates: £58.70 if you need help with personal care or supervision during the day only or during the night only; or £87.65 for those who fulfil both the day and night condition.
Mr Lavery’s casework team will be at the East Bedlington Community Centre from 13:00 until 15:00 pm. They will see any residents who call in one by one in private and will be able to provide a free assessment of whether they are eligible to receive Attendance Allowance. If those who are assessed are eligible, Mr Lavery’s team will help with the application process and hopefully be able to significantly increase the weekly income of many pensioners in Bedlington.
From the start of this financial year in April, Mr Lavery’s welfare benefits team have delivered a record £107,565.47 in less than 3 months. Mr Lavery said that following an increase in welfare benefits casework, he has been determined to use his Parliamentary office as a central point in the community for residents to ensure they are receiving all the income they are entitled to.
He said; “After tabling questions in the House of Commons and receiving unsatisfactory answers from the Government, my team have researched and revealed data that shows many pensioners are not receiving the financial support which they are entitled to. I would encourage any residents who are unsure if they are entitled to Attendance Allowance, or even Pension Credit, to get in touch with my office if you cannot attend the event in East Bedlington and my Casework Team will provide a free assessment over the phone and help complete any applications required.”
Mr Lavery’s Office Contact Details are;
01670 852494 / firstname.lastname@example.org