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Older people with financial worries urged to turn to local Age UK during pandemic

Published on 12 May 2020 07:07 PM

Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove is urging older people with financial worries to call its helpline for advice, as Coronavirus restrictions continue to affect people’s income.

Expert advisors can help with information on a wide range of issues including money worries, welfare benefits, housing needs, social care and isolation.  The benefits advice given by the charity has supported people to claim more than £5 million pounds in extra benefits last year alone.

Helen Rice, Chief Executive at Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove said “Many older people are really suffering at the moment, not only dealing with the isolation of lockdown, but also incredibly worried about their finances. Some have lost their income and can’t afford basics like food, electricity and their rent. Anyone over 50 can give us a call for personalised advice, we can give practical help and check you are getting the support you’re entitled to. I want people to know they don’t have to suffer in silence or face this alone, we’re here for you.”

The Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove information and advice team can help with the queries above and also issues like finding help at home, care planning, finding leisure and social activities, advice for carers, family and personal matters and most things that affect quality of life.

The Information and Advice team at Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove are available from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Please call 0800 019 1310 or email information@ageukwestsussex.org.uk

Age UK West Sussex, Brighton and Hove has quickly adapted the way it works in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. As well as information and advice, the charity is also offering doorstep deliveries, emergency welfare and safety support for the most vulnerable, telephone befriending and wellbeing advice.