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Rosley and Westward Village Agent

Part-time vacancy for a Village Agent for the parishes of Rosley and Westward.

Sarah Burrough is moving on from the post and the Trustees wish to appoint a new village agent. Applications are invited for the part-time post of 12 hours a week. A village agent will be a friendly, local contact who will introduce people to any help available from wider organisations.

  • Remuneration £5,930.87 per annum.
  • The position is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.
  • For a Job description and more information please contact Diane Barraclough on 016974 78740 or email [email protected]

Winter Benefits 2021-2022

Are you aware that there are several sources of funding to help with the cost of keeping your home warm over the winter months? These include-

WINTER FUEL PAYMENT

https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment

An extra payment of £200-£300 from the Government on top of your State Retirement Pension, paid by mid-January. It should be paid automatically with the pension, it will not affect other benefits and is tax free. To qualify, you must be born on or before 26th September 1955 & living in the UK during week 20-26 Sept 2021.

 If you do not get State Pension but do get Universal Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction or Child Benefit you may also eligible, so please check by contacting Winter Fuel Payment Centre on 0800 731 0160

WINTER WARMTH FUND

https://www.cumbriafoundation.org/winter-warmth-fund/

A £150 grant towards heating bills, available from the Cumbria Community Foundation.

The criteria are: you must be 60 years plus, in receipt of State Pension/Pension Credit or struggling to maintain a basic standard of living during the winter due to the cost of heating your home. If this money would help you to stay warm and comfortable this winter, please apply for this Grant, by contacting Age UK who administer the scheme.

Age UK West Cumbria     01900 844670 or 08443 843 843    or    Age UK Carlisle and Eden    01228 536673

WARM HOME DISCOUNT SCHEME

https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme

This is a £140 payment from the Government, to help you to afford to heat your home over winter. It is paid as a credit to your account with your Energy Supplier.

If you get the ‘Guaranteed Credit’ part of Pension Credit you will automatically be contacted by letter before January and asked to call the Helpline 0800 731 0214 before 26th February 2021, to confirm your details.                  

Even if you do not get Pension Credit but are on a low income, you can claim as long as your Supplier is a part of this scheme and you get a means-tested benefit. Those on Pre-pay and Pay as You Go meters can apply too

A full list of suppliers plus further details, can be found on https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme

COLD WEATHER PAYMENT

https://www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment

From 1st Nov 2021 to 31st March 2022, people on Pension Credit, Universal Credit (& some income-based benefits if you or your child has a disability) may get a Cold Weather Payment from the Government of £25/week for every 7-day period that the average weather in your area is below freezing

PRIORITY SERVICES REGISTER – OFGEM

https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/information-consumers/energy-advice-households/getting-extra-help-priority-services-register

A free service from Energy Suppliers for elderly, disabled, hearing/visually impaired or vulnerable people or those with pre-school children.

You will get: Advanced Notice of Power Cuts, Priority Support in an emergency (e.g. alternative heating/cooking facilities or electrical supply for medical equipment), password protection for Energy Supply Workers to contact you safely, meter readings done if you cannot do them yourself and you can nominate someone to act on your behalf in dealings with the supplier. To register, contact your own Energy Supplier.

If you live in the Northern Fells parishes of Caldbeck, Castle Sowerby, Ireby and Uldale, Mungrisdale, Sebergham and Welton, The Boltons, Westward and Rosley I am able to support you with any of these schemes. For those living outside our area,  I hope that this information will prompt you to find out more about these grants and benefits and to apply if eligible.

Age UK West Cumbria   01900 844670 or 08443 843 843 or Age UK Carlisle and Eden 01228 536673 and Citizens Advice Carlisle and Eden  0344 411 1444 can offer support with applying.

Dianne Bowes, Benefits Support and Awareness Service, Northern Fells Group – Tel: 07752 457513

Dementia Friendly Communities Bulletin

WINTER SPECIAL

With the clocks now turned back, and winter fast approaching, we have put a special winter bulletin
together. We have include some hints and tips on things you could be doing now to help for the
colder weather and shorter days, things to keep you occupied, and support available if you are caring
for someone.

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Information From Dianne Bowes The NFG Benefits Advisor

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM OUR NORTHERN FELLS GROUP BENEFITS ADVISOR

Our NFG Benefits Advisor Dianne Bowes is still taking referrals for anyone who might be eligible for Attendance Allowance, Blue Badge, Employment Support Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, etc.

This is for anyone who thinks they may be entitled to financial help due to their low income or poor health, she can still talk to clients on the phone and see what benefits they might be open to.

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