The theme for World Mental Health Day this year is ‘Mental health is a universal human right’ The day aims to raise awareness of Mental Health and encourage people to reach out to talk about their mental health and to access support when they need it.
For people on Pension Credit and other low income benefits
The second of three cost of living payments for 2023 will be paid between 31st October and 19th November 2023. This payment is £300 and you do not need to apply -you’ll be paid automatically in the same way you usually get your benefit or tax credits if you qualify. The payment will be referenced with your National Insurance Number followed by DWP COL or HMRC COLS.
You should get this payment if you are entitled to one of the following benefits:
Income-related employment and support allowance
Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
Universal credit (providing you didn’t have a ‘nil’ award)
If you get child tax credit or working tax credit but don’t also get one of the above benefits, you should still get the payment but it will arrive in your account between 10th and 19th November
You need to have been entitled to the qualifying benefit for at least one day during the qualifying period, which is between 18 August 2023 and 17 September 2023
If you are over state pension age and on a low income but do not already get pension credit it is worth checking if you are entitled to claim as soon as possible – pension credit can be backdated for 3 months so if you make a successful claim now you would then also be entitled to this cost of living payment. You can check this online https://www.gov.uk/pension-credit-calculator or call the pension credit helpline 0800 99 1234
The Inner North West Community Committee held a ‘Thank You’ Event At TJ’s in Woodhouse on Tuesday. The Lord Mayor, and our chair of trustees, Cllr Al Garthwaite was in attendance This was for the many organisations and groups throughout Headingley, Woodhouse, Hyde Park, Little London and Weetwood that contribute in a myriad of ways to making our areas better places in which to live through a commitment to volunteering. Caring Together were delighted to be represented at this wonderful celebration and offer thanks to all of those local councillors who are so instrumental in making this event possible and supporting our groups in so many different ways.
This year’s autumn flu and COVID-19 vaccine programmes are starting earlier than planned in England as a precautionary measure following the identification of a new COVID-19 variant. The NHS winter flu and COVID-19 vaccination programme provides vital protection to those eligible and their families over winter, keeping people from developing serious illnesses, and helping to minimise hospitalisations during busy winter months.
Residents of older adult care homes and those most at risk including those who are immunosuppressed and housebound older adults will receive their covid vaccine first and this starts from today. Eligible people are urged to come forward for their jab as soon as they’re invited.