East Lothian Council have also produced a guide to what’s available in our Cost of Living leaflet. This is a great guide to the financial help available for any household struggling with the cost of living increases. There’s no harm in checking.
CAB Haddington have a dedicated advisor helping us with this campaign, who can take people through a benefits check, and direct them to the income or other support that is available.
Everyone can check that they’re getting the financial support they’re entitled to. We particularly want to make sure that under-claimed benefits are claimed. These include:
Pension Credit (part of Universal Credit)
Council Tax Reduction
Child benefits (including Best Start Grants, Free School Meals, etc)
East Lothian Council knows that more people are entitled to these benefits than are currently claiming them. They want to change this, so if you think you or someone you know might be eligible – don’t delay in getting in touch.
Filling in the census helps find out what your community really needs. Whether that’s employment, healthcare, or other essential services. Census Day is 20 March, but you can fill it in as soon as you receive your letter, or call 0800 030 8308 for a paper questionnaire. Scotland’s Census. Getting the right things out starts with filling it in. Go to @scotcensus2022 and census.gov.scot.
Support to get online to complete the form will be available from East Lothian Libraries:
Support is available to complete a paper form from Carers of East Lothian:
One-to-one sessions at the Carers of East Lothian office in East Lothian Community Hospital on Thursday 10th and Friday 11thMarch 2022, where we’re happy to help to:
Complete the online Census questionnaire
Apply for a paper questionnaire
Complete a paper questionnaire if this has already been applied for
Carers can sign up for a 30-minute slot by phoning us on 0131 665 0135 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carers will be asked to bring the letter received from the National Records of Scotland with them to help us to complete any forms. If neither date is possible to attend, we’d still encourage folk to get in touch and we can look at alternative options for support in completing the Census.
Support is available from VCEL
Drop in Sessions on 8th March 2-5 and 15th March 10-2.
The way you will get your flu vaccine this year has changed.
People aged 70 or over will now be sent a letter by the national booking system with details of an appointment at a vaccination centre.
From now on, GP practices will not administer the Flu jab. Across Scotland, Health and Social Care Partnerships are taking on this role in line with the GP Contract agreed by BMA Scotland on behalf of Scottish GPs. This change has been agreed to relieve pressure on GP practices. As a result your local practice will not offer any flu vaccinations or handle any booking queries for people in eligible groups.
Instead, the flu vaccine will be delivered by the four Health and Social Care Partnerships in Lothian – East Lothian; Midlothian; Edinburgh and West Lothian.
If you require further information or you need to rearrange your appointment, please contact the helpline on your appointment invitation or the local enquiry line on 0300 790 6296.
Please do not contact your GP.
You can find out more on the websites of the Health and Social Care Partnerships or on NHS Inform