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Monday, 20 March 2017 08:25

Friends of the Elderly - grants are available to help older people on limited incomes

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The following email has been forwarded to LOSRA from Spelthorne Council:

Friends of the Elderly - announced that their grant scheme has plenty of funds available.  If you have a service user who needs a one off grant to replace essential items such as basic furniture, flooring, and household appliances or cover the cost of small home repairs, the link below has details of how to apply.  They can also help with utility bills, household repairs and adaptations and mobility aids or getting online. Grants of up to £300 can be paid, but they will pay more in exceptional circumstances.

They also offer regular allowances that are paid monthly or twice a year to support older people whose income does not meet their basic cost of living. The Winter Comforts Fund helps towards the cost of keeping warm in the winter.

To qualify, a person must have reached state retirement age and be on a low income, live in England and Wales in private or rented accommodation.  Applicants should supply evidence that they are receiving Guaranteed Pension Credit (GPC) or have savings of less than £4000 and are on a low income

All applications must be completed by a third party agency – we cannot accept applications from individuals, their family or friends.

Examples of third party agents include local authorities, social services, housing associations, charities and community groups, health practitioners, Citizens Advice Bureau, or other support agencies.

http://www.fote.org.uk/our-services/grants/

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