Wulvern customers are quids in!
Published by Hilary Buckley for Wulvern Housing Ltd in Housing
Older people in Crewe and Nantwich are celebrating being £5 million better off thanks to Wulvern’s Health and Wellbeing programme!
The local affordable housing provider sponsor Benefits Advisor John Bellamy who works for the Cheshire East Citizens Advice Bureau. Through the Health and Wellbeing programme, John offers a confidential free benefits check to anyone over 60 living in the area.
These checks have revealed that many Wulvern customers are entitled to things like pension credit, housing benefit, disability benefits or even a free TV licence but had not been claiming for them.
Over the last eight years John has helped older people to claim over £5 million pounds.
“Many people see benefits as a hand-out and are too proud or reluctant to claim, but we’re here to make sure people are getting the money they have a right to. At a time when so many people are struggling financially, it is unacceptable that vital benefits are failing to reach some of the poorest and most vulnerable older people in our society. This is money that could make a huge difference to people's quality of life” John explains.
Jill Hamilton-Smith, Operations Manager at Cheshire East Citizens Advice Bureau said: “This is a wonderful achievement for the service and reflects the success it has in reaching out to older people to ensure they maximise their incomes. Supporting our local older population to access all the money they are entitled to helps to reduce their financial worries and increase their independence.”
Sian Rossiter from Wulvern’s Supported Living team added: “We are delighted that the partnership between Cheshire East Citizens Advice Bureau has helped thousands of older people to reclaim over £5 million. We would encourage customers to take advantage of John’s advice and assistance to claim their full benefit entitlements and make sure they are not missing out on cash that could improve their quality of life.”
For further information or advice contact the Citizen’s Advice Bureau on 01270 303003.