THOUSANDS of older people in Bury are missing out on their entitlement to a carers allowance.

Attendance Allowance is an entitlement for people aged 65 and above who have care needs. These may include any type of disability or illness, including sight or hearing impairments, or mental-health issues such as dementia.

Attendance Allowance is paid at two rates, £55.10 or £82.30 a week, and how much people get depends on the level of care needed because of the disability.

The allowance is not means-tested, so income and savings are not taken into account when assessing if people qualify for the entitlement.

Age UK Bury’s research demonstrates that by getting this entitlement, it has helped many older people to live independently, and to stay out of hospital or care homes.

Louise Price, Age UK Bury information officer, said: “We are offering a free benefits check to older people living in the borough of Bury. With the support of the Henry Smith Trust and additional funding from the Age UK and EON partnership, we are now able to see more people.”

For an advice appointment, call 0161 258 6739 or 763 9030 or email info@ageukbury.org.uk