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Senior Citizens

Are you a Senior Citizen? Would you like Over 65 support?

We’re here to help!

Here at SelseyWorks we can assist with a range of issues that only effect older members of our community.

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Disability Blue Badge
  • Pension Credit
  • Radar Key
  • Council Tax Reduction

 What is Attendance Allowance?

Attendance Allowance is an entitlement not a benefit – it is money set aside by the government to help those 65 or over remain independent in their own homes.  If you have any illnesses, ailments or disabilities that impact on your daily life then you could be entitled to Attendance Allowance.

Maybe you struggle to get in and out of the bath, or perhaps you find it difficult to perform your normal household activities as you used to.  If so you could be entitled to Attendance Allowance; you can then spend these funds on perhaps employing a gardener or a home help once a week to support you in your own home.

It is not means tested and can be applied for by completing an Attendance Allowance application form; we would recommend that you seek assistance filling in this form as it can be quite daunting.

How can I apply?

You can visit the team at SelseyWorks and we can assist you in completing the form.  We recommend you allow up to 2 hours for this appointment – but don’t worry we’ll make you a cup of tea and look after your throughout the appointment!

If you have a family member to assist you, you could download the form yourself by visiting the Gov.uk Website.

Alternatively you can also get a copy of the form sent to you from the Attendance Allowance helpline:

Attendance Allowance helpline
Telephone: 0345 605 6055
Textphone: 0345 604 5312
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

What information should I bring to my appointment?

To complete the forms we would ask that you bring the following information to your appointment:

  • Your national insurance number
  • Details of your GP
  • Details of any health professional or hospitals that may have been involved in your care
  • An up to date Prescription List
  • Any reports or letters from health professionals relating to your condition
  • Your bank details

 

DISABILITY BLUE BADGE

How do I apply for a Disability Blue Badge?

Blue badges enable those with disabilities or age related mobility issues to park close to services or facilities that they need, they are issued by your local county council.  A badge holder does not have to own a car or drive, the badge relates to you as a person – as long as you are in the car either as a driver or passenger then you can use the badge.

You can apply for a badge online by clicking HERE

Or you can visit us at SelseyWorks and collect a form, we’re happy to assist you in completing the form.

What information will I need to complete the form?

The form is 12 pages long and you will need the following information:

  • National Insurance number
  • A recent passport style photo
  • A Prescription List if you have one
  • Proof of address like a bank statement or utility bill
  • Proof of identity like a passport, driving licence or birth certificate.

Once you have completed the form you send it to the address on the back, if you are successful in your application the badge will be sent to your local library (you will need to specify which one on the form) for you to collect.

For more information on Blue Badge Parking Scheme visit: www.westsussex.gov.uk

 

PENSION CREDIT

Pension Credit is extra money for pensioners to bring your weekly income up to a minimum amount

How do I apply for a Pension Credit?

Firstly we would recommend you meet with one of our team and complete the Pensions Calculator, this will tell us if you’re eligible for Pension Credit?  If you are eligible the quickest way to apply is to call the Pension Credit Claim Line; we can support you with this call simply make an appointment by calling either 01243 200975 or 01243 605803.

For more information on Pension Credit visit: www.gov.uk/pension-credit/overview

 

DISABLED TOILET KEY (RADAR KEY)

You can get RADAR keys that fit 9,000+ UK disabled toilets from Selsey Town Council although they are also available from services like Age UK. RADAR keys open disabled toilets following the National Key Scheme, it was created to protect disabled toilets and keep access for those that needed them.

A variety of keys are available including the easy turn key featuring a larger handle, making it the ideal choice for users with limited hand or wrist mobility.

The keys from Selsey Town Council cost £5, you can visit our offices Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4pm.