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    • Rex_Mundi
    • By Rex_Mundi 15th Mar 17, 9:19 PM
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    Can you help?
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    • 15th Mar 17, 9:19 PM
    Can you help? 15th Mar 17 at 9:19 PM
    I have asked my friends permission to post this. I think he is in trouble.

    He is on state pension. Retired. He lives in a secured housing retiirement block that he bought into. He bought a lease but pays approx £1,800 a year in ground rent. He is 69 years old.

    He had a savings pot before but that is nothing now.

    He doesn't know anything about benefits. He claims nothing.

    Is there any help he can claim for?

    I do worry about him. He is my mate but I'm a self employed builder who knows nothing about the benefits system. I hope you can help hiim out. Thank you
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    • Londonsu
    • By Londonsu 15th Mar 17, 9:39 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 9:39 PM
    How much is his state pension, if its under £155.60 a week he could claim Pension credit to top it up to that amount, it is income based and will depend on other things like savings


    I would suggest he contacts Age UK http://www.ageuk.org.uk/ they have benefit advisors and may be able to give advice
    • Alice Holt
    • By Alice Holt 15th Mar 17, 9:50 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 9:50 PM
    Or suggest he visits the CAB for a benefit check.
    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/how-we-provide-advice/advice/

    Possibilities would include Pension Credit
    https://www.gov.uk/pension-credit/overview

    and Council Tax support
    https://www.gov.uk/apply-council-tax-reduction
    • Rex_Mundi
    • By Rex_Mundi 16th Mar 17, 12:04 AM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 12:04 AM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 12:04 AM
    Thank you. I know his income is between six and seven hundred pounds a month. I'm not sure of the exact amount but I will post back after I ask him tomorrow.

    I know he is struggling with the bills.

    He is a decent guy that doesn't want to rely on anyone or the state. I dont know anything about state help.

    He doesn't do the internet but I will follow up for him if thats what it needs.

    Thank you for the the links
    Last edited by Rex_Mundi; 16-03-2017 at 12:19 AM. Reason: Added a line
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    • xylophone
    • By xylophone 16th Mar 17, 12:48 AM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 12:48 AM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 12:48 AM
    Here is the very detailed Age Concern Fact Sheet on Pension Credit.

    http://www.ageuk.org.uk/Documents/EN-GB/Factsheets/FS48_Pension_Credit_fcs.pdf?dtrk=true

    http://www.entitledto.co.uk/help/Charges-ground-rent-and-other-housing-costs might be worth a look.
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