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“Winterwise” guide to help keep you warm, healthy and safe this winter


Independent Age have updated their “Winterwise” guide which helps older people through the coming winter months, and is full of the most up-to-date advice and information to help them stay healthy, warm and safe. It includes practical advice on how to manage costs during the winter and what support is available, if they’re struggling. It includes updated information about cost of living support funds, a new section with detailed information about debt, and what support services are available.

You can order a copy of the guide–or download it– at We should also have some copies for you to pick up in the library at Nidd Plus soon. Finally, you can order the guide by calling freephone 0800 319 6789 Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.30pm and a copy will be sent in the post.

Pension Credit: are you eligible?

At Nidd Plus, we are particularly keen to promote awareness of the Pension Credit benefit scheme. Pension Credit is extra money from the Government to top up pension income. But it also acts as a passport to other entitlements such as Cold Weather Payments, Council Tax reductions and help with health costs. To claim Pension Credit, you must be over state pension age and be on a low income. Your can check if you qualify at or by calling the Pension Credit claim line. on 0800 991234. Pop in to Nidd Plus if you want some help or advice to help you with assessing if you are eligible and can claim.


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