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Information and advice

We help millions of people to know their rights and make the best choices for later life.

We provide information and advice that covers every facet of later life, from helping people find out the benefits they are entitled to claim, to discussing options that help make later life at home more manageable.

Our aim is to be the first port of call – the first place that people turn to when they have an age-related need.

We help older people to claim benefits

Together with our national partners and local Age UKs, we help older people to know about and claim the benefits they’re entitled to, such as Carer’s Allowance, Attendance Allowance and Pension Credit.

The £219 million identified by the Age UK network in unclaimed benefits during 2015-2016 is £36 million more than the previous year, and 37% above our target.

Our local Age UKs also offer benefit advice home visits thanks to extra funding from our Warmer Homes Programme.

Check what you're entitled to

£3.5bn worth of Housing Benefit and Pension Credit goes unclaimed by older people every year, even though they're entitled to it.

We provide advice

Growing older doesn’t come with a manual, so if you need information or advice on anything from health to housing, call our free national information line on 0800 678 1174.

It's open 365 days a year from 8am to 7pm. In 2015/16, we responded to over 259,000 enquiries.

How our advice line helps older people

We also provide information and advice on money, wellbeing, health, lifestyle and much more on our website, which reached over four million people in the past year. Our impartial and informative factsheets and advice guides are distributed in Age UK shops, local Age UKs, hospitals, GP surgeries and other community settings.

For more information call Age UK on 0800 055 6112

We support local Age UKs

Age UK supports local Age UKs to deliver information and advice by providing funding, training, guidance and support. Local Age UKs are continuing to integrate their telephone information and advice services with the Age UK Advice Line. 

During 2015-2016, we provided £1.8 million in funding for information and advice, delivered by 109 local Age UKs.

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Last updated: Oct 18 2017

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