Age Scotland launch new resilience fund and social security campaign

Section: People and NetworksType: News Item Date Published: 23rd June 2021
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Age Scotland community members can apply for £100-£2500 grants, whilst Check In, Cash out campaign seeks to boost social security uptake.

Age Scotland have recently announced two major programmes, a community fund and social security campaign.

The Resilience and Recovery Fund will award one-off grants of between £100 and £2500 to Age Scotland community members. These grants are intended to help support organisations and groups through this difficult period, support recovery and return to activities, and develop new services and ways of working. Applications must be received by the 31st of July 2021, and funds spend by the 31st of March 2022. More information and an application form is available here (this link will take you away from our website).

Meanwhile, the Check In, Cash Out campaign seeks to raise awareness of social security entitlements. An estimated 150,000 pensioners in Scotland live in poverty, but hundreds of millions of pounds of financial support goes unclaimed. Entitlements older people may be eligible for include Pension Credit, Council Tax Reduction and Attendance Allowance. These entitlements can go unclaimed for a range of reasons, including stigma, digital exclusion, and lack of support.

Age Scotland have produced a range of guides explaining what each social security entitlement is, who is eligible, and how to access it (this link will take you away from our website.) People seeking advice on social security can phone their helpline on 0800 12 44 222 – the helpline is free, and open from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Friday.

Organisations and individuals interested in supporting the Check In, Cash Out campaign can access resources on the Age Scotland website (this link will take you away from our website).

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