LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: State pension is increasing and other support has been agreed

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From Deputy Elaine Millar, Social Security Minister.

FOLLOWING Cynthia Rabet’s letter (JEP 22 September), I would like to reply on some key points:

The state pension is going up by 7.7% from 1 October 2022. This means a full pension will increase from £235.27 per week to £253.40 for an individual, and for a married couple it will increase from £390.60 per week to £420.70.

lA person in receipt of the Social Security pension may also be able to claim income support, even if they are receiving the full amount of the Social Security pension. Income support is a means-tested benefit and it takes into account a number of factors based on a person’s individual circumstances, which will then determine if they are eligible and how much they will receive.

lIn addition, as part of the government’s approved mini-budget, a package of support has been designed to help with the cost of living. This includes doubling the Community Costs Bonus to £516.50, temporarily increasing cold weather payments to £70 a month and doubling the Cost of Living Temporary Scheme from £20 to £40 per person, per household, until December 2022. These benefits may be available to pensioners, depending on their circumstances. A member of the team at Customer and Local Services will be happy to help with providing further information on 444444. Further details are also available online at gov.je/cls.

I would encourage any pensioner who thinks they may be eligible for any of these benefits to contact CLS to discuss.

Join the discussion Email editorial@jerseyeveningpost.com or write to The Editor, Jersey Evening Post, PO Box 582, Jersey JE4 8XQ. Letters must include full name and postal address, which will be published. They should be no longer than 400 words and may be edited.

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