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Oxford CAB benefit service: help for the over 60s

October 16, 2013

Did you know more than £5 billion of benefits go unclaimed by older people each year? Oxford CAB has been helping Oxford residents over 60 to get extra financial support to which they are entitled,  making all the difference to their ability to meet rising living costs and keep active socially. In the first year additional income of around £250,000 in total was secured for just over 100 clients.

Mrs C  who is in her early 80s, was put in touch with the project by Age UK. A check by a CAB volunteer established that she would be entitled to Attendance Allowance which has now been awarded. This successful outcome will increase her income by just over £4,000 a year.

The additional money has helped others to take the occasional taxi to get to a local lunch club, pay for help with house and garden maintenance, keep running a car to make it easier to get to medical appointments, and generally relieved the anxiety of not knowing where money would come from to meet ongoing bills.

Update Sept 2018: Please note that the Oxford CAB Older People’s project has now finished, but for general advice or queries CAB can be contacted on 03444 111 444.

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