£40,000 conjured up in tax rebates for pensioners

City of Lincoln Council workers are venturing into the community to publicise a campaign that in its first month saved Lincoln pensioners over £40,000 in tax rebates and credits.

The council’s Executive approved the scheme in July and it involves two dedicated officers contacting pensioners directly to inform them of the savings they could be claiming.

Two council officers (pictured), Michelle Lawson and Oliver Reynolds, were at Lincoln Central Market today and will be attending the Winter Warmer Event at Lincoln City Football Club at Sincil Bank on November 17.

One couple is reported to be more than £11,000 per year better off after talking to the advisors, qualifying for £18.94 in Council Tax Benefit and £193.39 in Pension Credit per week.

Head of Customer Services and Revenues at the City of Lincoln Council, Jo Crookes, has been pleased with the amount of savings and positive response the scheme has brought.

Crookes said: “People have been very surprised at what they can save. Some people have tried to claim before and been unsuccessful, but because of changes to the rules, they are now eligible.”

So far pensioners have been targeted but the council are keen to offer help to anyone who thinks they may be able to claim something they are entitled to.

Anyone wishing to get more information on the campaign can call 01522 881188.