Time is running out for older residents to claim vital cost of living support

Lewes District Council is encouraging residents of pensionable age to claim for a Household Support Grant and Energy Rebate before the September 30 cut-off date. 

While the Household Support Grant scheme has closed to those of working age, older residents can still claim a grant of up to £250 by the end of this month. Additionally, many older residents are yet to claim their £150 Energy Rebate. 

Details of who is eligible to claim and how to apply are available, along with information about other forms of support, at www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/cost-of-living 

Councillor Zoe Nicholson, Deputy Leader of Lewes District Council and Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets, said: “It’s a sad fact that our older people are the least likely to claim the support they are entitled to, despite being among the most in need of help. 

“The cost of everything is increasing and I appeal to older residents to come forward and get the support they deserve during these difficult times.  

“For anyone who has family, friends or neighbours in this age group, please encourage them to check what they can claim by visiting the council website and applying before the end of September.” 

Additionally, many eligible residents are yet to have claimed Pension Credit, worth up to thousands of pounds a year in top-up support to their pension payments. To apply for Pension Credit visit www.gov.uk/pension-credit 

For people of working age, a fresh round of the Household Support Fund opens in October. 

The council declared a cost of living emergency in July and has set aside £750,000 this year to help local people who are struggling to make ends meet as energy, food and other costs soar. 

The Leader of the Council has also written to the Chancellor requesting a range of additional support measures be urgently put in place amid the cost of living crisis.