Many local councils offer free handyperson services to people over 60 for small repairs and installing basic home security. These will vary according to where you live, but it’s always worth looking into. People over 60 on low incomes are also eligible for Age UK’s handyperson scheme, which includes free or discounted repairs, smoke alarms, lock installation and other minor services.
BT currently offers a Home Essentials package, which reduces broadband and phone costs for those claiming certain benefits. This deal offers fibre broadband and 700 minutes of calls at less than half price to any households claiming Universal Credit, the guarantee credit element of Pension Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, or Employment and Support Allowance.
If you or someone in your household was born on or before 26 September 1955, then you might be eligible for the government’s Winter Fuel Payment to help you pay your heating bills in the winter. This is typically between £100 and £300.
You might also be eligible for the Warm Home Discount scheme, a one-off £140 discount on your electricity bill, between this October and next March. This is offered to households who receive the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit; in other words, people in the “core group”.
Some companies, such as E.ON, offer free or discounted prices on home insulation and boiler installation if you receive the State Pension Credit or are on a low income. You will normally be eligible for this even if the company you apply with is not your usual energy supplier.
The Fire Safety services offer free home fire-risk assessments, and may also offer you a free smoke alarm if you are 60. Contact your local fire services for more information.
If you share your home with a pet, trips to the vet can be very expensive, but some practices offer discounts for over-60s. It never hurts to ask! Dogs Trust offers 50% off on membership for over-60s too, for an overall cost of only £12.50 a year. This includes a professional 24-hour advice service and public liability insurance for your dog, among other benefits.