We know that being without a job is very stressful and can lead to people facing poverty or at least a significant reduction in income. Here are some useful resources that may help you understand and get help with key financial matters.

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COVID-19 Financial Support


Mortgage Payment Support


General Low-Income Advice


Help To Save On A Low Income

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Employment Support Allowance

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Universal Credit


Tax Credits


Universal Credit Work Allowances

Are you getting all the benefits you are entitled to? 
Are you sure you are on the best tariffs for energy, water, phone, broadband etc.? 
What can you do to help offset the rise in food bills?
The answers to these and many other questions are in Wise Age’s Financial Information guide (or whatever we’ve called it!)  It’s packed with useful information about a whole range of issues to do with your finances, and we also give you hyperlinks to find out more and actually apply for the various schemes out there. Download it here.

Grants Available Under The Warmer Homes Scheme

Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 are available under the Mayor of London Warmer Homes Scheme. Grants are available to eligible low-income homeowners and private tenants who earn below £30,0000 to make home improvements. We encourage you to share this with your stakeholders. It is open to all Londoners who meet the criteria. Eligibility is required, grants can be applied for here: london.gov.uk/warmerhomes

Also, the Mayor recently recorded a video about the cost of living crisis, in which he urges Londoners to apply to the Mayor’s Warmer Homes programme.

Please share with anyone you think could benefit from the grant.

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Do You Know Of Other Sources Of Support?

Wise Age is very concerned about the dire financial situation facing many older people – both those of later working age ( 50+) and pensioners – particularly the over 60% of pensioners living on less than the tax threshold (£12500 p/a) and those over 50s of working age who are  not in work or in very part time or on zero hours contract low paid and insecure work.

The impact of the loss of the £20 per week Universal Credit uplift, the requirement for those at work beyond state pension age to pay National Insurance ( despite already having paid in their full amount) and for all to pay an extra 1.5% tax through N.I. and the freezing of benefits and pensions to increases below inflation means that now unfortunately there are millions of older Londoners facing poverty. As inflation of energy prices, food and allied fuel related costs impacts on more and more vulnerable people life is getting much harder for those in greatest need. So we are trying to research and promote any measures, usually at a local or London level, that seek to offer assistance, however limited to those in greatest need, Please see below links to some support being made available.

If anyone knows of other sources of support please let us know at contact@wiseage.org.uk.