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Information and advice

Information and advice

Our information can help you get the most out of older age. Read about topics including saving money, getting help at home, staying independent and planning for the future.

An older woman and younger man at homeWill I have to sell my home to pay care fees?
You might find that you have to sell your home to pay for your care but this won't always be the case. For example, if your partner, or a relative over 60 or who has a disability still lives in the house, you won't have to.
An older woman on the phoneIs there any extra money I could be claiming?
Do you know what benefits you might be able to claim? Read about some of the key ones available to older people
An older woman reading an Independent Age guideOur free advice guides
Our award-winning information guides cover a range of subjects. Download them or order printed copies.
Is there help I can get to pay my Council Tax?Is there help I can get to pay my Council Tax?
There are quite a few discounts available for Council Tax, so it’s worth checking you’re paying the right amount
An older man using a laptopCan you spot a scam?
Scams often share common features. Try our quiz to find out if you're scamwise.

The information and advice on these pages applies to England. A lot of it will still be relevant to you but we have some other suggestions if you are looking for advice that is specific to other parts of the UK.

If you’re in Wales, contact Age Cymru for information and advice.
In Scotland, contact Age Scotland.
In Northern Ireland, contact Age NI.

We are committed to providing high quality information, and are clear about how we produce our information to make sure it is accurate and trustworthy.

If you have any queries about the content of these pages, please email

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