‘Know Your Rights’ campaign 2016

The Mayor of London's annual ‘Know Your Rights’ campaign focuses on helping older Londoners claim the benefits and financial help they may be entitled to.

This year’s campaign is urging pensioners not to miss out on their pension credits in the face of worrying figures, which reveal that at least one in five pensioners is living in poverty across the capital.

In the bid to tackle the problem and raise awareness among older people, Age UK have partnered with the Mayor of London to organise the campaign.

Pension Credit, is the most under-claimed benefit, but the most vital. Without pensioners being able to demonstrate that they are receiving this allowance, they become automatically excluded from claiming Housing or Council tax benefit.

The Know Your Rights campaign last year helped pensioners to claim an estimated £1.2 million in benefits that would have otherwise gone unclaimed. The campaign aims to ensure older Londoners don’t miss out on the £470 million worth of benefits not being claimed each year.

  • Find out more about Pension Credit on GOV.UK website
  • Contact Age UK Redbridge, Barking & Havering on 020 8220 6000 to find out if you or someone you know is eligible for Pension Credit or other financial help

‘Mourning Coffee’ for those recently bereaved

Come and have an informal chat over coffee with others who are recently bereaved. The aim is to provide a group which supports one another through a difficult time in a friendly environment.

If you think this is something that will help you, then come along on the first Thursday of every month at the Cherry Tree Café, 25 Woodbine Place, Wanstead, London E11 2RH from 10am to 12pm.

Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and NHS take first step towards running a devolved health budget

The NHS and three local authority partners in North East London have welcomed an announcement which could see them take on considerable powers to run health and social care for three quarters of a million people in the area.​

Draft ‘Think Autism’ Refresh of the Redbridge Adults with Autism Plan 2016 - 2019

The refreshed Redbridge Adults with Autism Plan 2016-19 has been jointly developed by the Redbridge Adults with Autism Working Group (RAWG).

The plan builds on the work which has taken place to implement the previous Redbridge Plan in 2012-2015 and reaffirms our ongoing commitment to do more to improve the lives of people with autism and their carers. This draft document sets out how we intend to take forward the priorities outlined in the national ‘Think Autism ‘Strategy at a local level. 

We would like to know what you think of our plans and would welcome your thoughts and ideas on what further actions you think will help us to continue to improve and achieve our vision for the future.

Draft Joint Redbridge Strategy for Carers 2016 - 2019

The draft Joint Redbridge Strategy for Carers 2016 - 2019 is an update of the previous version produced for 2011 - 2014. It has been developed through consultation and involvement with Redbridge carers and people who access, plan, commission and provide services as well as from what we know about our local demographics and the growing needs of the population in Redbridge.

This strategy also recognises that the health and social care system nationally and locally is under increasing pressure due to Government austerity measures, legislative change, increasing demand for services and higher expectations from the public.

We would like to know what people think of our ideas and plans to help support individuals who are unpaid carers for family or friends. To read the strategy and to comment, click on one of the links below:

'No Wrong Doors' - memorandum of understanding

Young carers in Redbridge have said that there should be “no wrong doors” for young carers and their families. Young carers should be identified, assessed and their families supported regardless of which service is contacted in the first place.

Children and Adult Social Services have therefore committed through a memorandum to work together locally, adopting a whole system, whole council, whole family approach to providing support for young carers and their families.

Proposal to expand the current Section 75 agreement between LBR and NELFT

Nationally, there are a growing number of issues relating to the long term management of Adult Social Services which is increasingly focusing on the NHS and Local Authorities working closer together in a more joined up way.

The following consultation document outlines the proposal to expand the current Section 75 agreement between the London Borough of Redbridge (LBR) and the North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT), as work begins to develop a new Integrated Health and Adult Social Care Service in Redbridge.

A Section 75 agreement is essentially a legal agreement allowing public sector organisations to develop partnership arrangements to provide joint services locally, with one organisation as the host.

How Redbridge is supporting people with dementia

Redbridge Adult Social Services was asked to participate in a film to show how the council is supporting people with dementia and giving residents choice and control in an extra care sheltered environment or in the community.

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