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Lots of people miss out on extra money they could be getting each week. This can be especially true for older people whose circumstances may have changed. If you, or someone you know, hasn’t checked in while, it’s well worth doing to see what you’re entitled to.
Attendance allowance can help you, or an older relative, who needs care or supervision because of an illness or disability. Visit the website or call the helpline: 0800 731 0122.
Pension age residents who need financial support could get money off their council tax bill. Use our online calculator to check if you, or someone you know, is eligible.
Working families in East Herts could be missing out on £2,000 a year to help with the cost of childcare. Whether it’s for holiday clubs, breakfast clubs, or childminders and nurseries, Tax-Free Childcare gives working parents a helping hand. This article explains everything you need to know
If you are expecting your first child, you may be eligible for the Sure Start Maternity Grant. This is a one-off £500 payment, which you do not need to repay. You must claim within 11 weeks of the baby’s due date, or within six months after they are born.
Check what you’re entitled to
Lots of people miss out on extra money they could be getting each week. If you, or someone you know, hasn’t checked in while, it’s well worth doing to see what you’re entitled to. Our online calculator will give you an estimate of what you can claim.
The Affinity Water WaterSure scheme works by capping your charges, so additional water usage is not chargeable. Find out if you are eligible and apply online.
Broadband providers, including Sky, BT and Virgin, are among the firms offering cheaper deals for households on Universal Credit. You can save up to £150 by moving onto a social tariff.
The Hertfordshire Energy Advice Tool (HEAT) app gives a virtual tour around a typical home and suggests quick and easy actions to help you save money on your bills. Typical savings are upwards of £75 and you can download it free from the Google Play or Apple store.
If you do not pay your council tax by direct debit, make sure you have applied for the government’s £150 energy rebate.
Households will get £400 of support with their energy bills through an expansion of the Energy Bills Support Scheme. This replaces the £200 announced earlier this year. The £400 payment will now be made as a grant and will not be recovered through higher bills in future years. Households with meters will get the support over 6 months from October 2022. Direct debit and credit customers will have the money credited to their account while customers with pre-payment meters will have the money applied to their meter or paid via a voucher.
Check to see if you are entitled to extra benefits such as Carer’s Allowance. This is not means tested for carers aged over 16 who look after someone for more than 16 hours a week. More information can be found on GOV.UK
Utility companies have a legal duty to support if you are struggling to pay your bills. Take a look on the Carers First website for advice on how to get additional help as a Carer.
You may also be eligible for council tax relief and there are a number of grants available to carers. More information can be found on the Carers First website.
For more support and advice in Hertfordshire visit Carers in Herts online.