Help for older residents worried about the cost of living crisis

Support for older people

To assist older residents concerned about the cost of living crisis, Eastbourne Borough Council is inviting those of pensionable age to a drop-in event where they can check they are claiming all of the financial help available.

With the deadline for pensioners to claim up to a £250 Household Support Grant by the end of September, many eligible residents are yet to make a claim for this or for their £150 Energy Rebate.

The drop-in session, which will take place at the Town Hall on Tuesday, September 13, from 2pm to 5pm, will be an opportunity to check what help older resident are eligible for and get help completing online application forms.

Eastbourne Citizens Advice and members of the council's Homes First team will also be on hand to give advice and answer questions about the full range of support available.

Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, Cabinet Member for Direct Assistance Services, said: “With eye-watering increases to energy bills just around the corner, we at Eastbourne Borough Council are doing all we can to help residents access all of the financial support available.

“Sadly, our older population are the least likely to be claiming everything they should. These are people who have contributed to a welfare system their entire working lives and we are appealing to them to come forward and let us help them during these difficult times.

“If you have friends or family in this age group, please encourage them to check what they can claim by visiting the council website or joining us on September 13 to have any questions answered and complete any outstanding applications.”

While the current Household Support Fund has closed to people of working age, a fresh round of funding will be available in October. 

Residents of all ages can check the support available on the council website at 

lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/cost-of-living

Further drop-in events will be held at locations across the borough, details of which will be announced soon.