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Benefits and entitlements

Each year, up to £200 million of benefits go unclaimed by older people in Northern Ireland. Last year, Age NI helped thousands of older people put more money in their pockets by identifying unclaimed benefits.

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  • Pension Credit

    It is estimated that the average amount of weekly unclaimed Pension Credit is estimated to lie in the range £1.2m to £2.3m per week in Northern Ireland.
  • Personal Independence Payment

    Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is a benefit for people of working age with disabilities.
  • Carer's Allowance

    If you care for someone who is ill or disabled, you may be entitled to Carer's Allowance.
  • Housing Benefit

    If you are entitled to Housing Benefit but are not receiving it, a simple claim could reduce your bills each week.
  • Health benefits

    Everyone aged over 60 gets free prescriptions and eye tests. Help towards to other health costs are also available.
  • Lone Pensioner Allowance

    The LPA scheme provides a 20% deduction on the rate bill for people aged 70 or over who live alone.

Key topics

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More money in your pocket

This advice guide is full of information about financial support that is available in later life and how to access it.

Download the guide (PDF 570KB)


  • The social fund

    Financial help for people who receive certain benefits and need help with extra expenses.
  • Means-tested benefits

    The amount of capital you have can affect your eligibility for means-tested benefits. The same limit applies for both single people and couples.

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