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Turning 60 - some of the benefits at hand


By: Graham Walker Date: 29 August 2017
Category: Article

As someone who recently celebrated their sixth decade on this earth, I was keen to establish what the other side of the Rubicon looked like for the over 60s.

In doing so, one of the first things I discovered, when booking a theatre ticket, was that suddenly my age entitled me to a discount. My curiosity was awakened – there must be other discounts and financial benefits that I was now entitled to, and I am pleased to share my findings with you.

Travel
Free Bus Pass
If you were born before 6 April 1950, you qualify for a bus pass at age 60. This entitles you to travel for free on all off-peak services (between 9.30am and 11pm in Norfolk) during the week and at all times on weekends and Bank Holidays. Please note there are differences in different counties, so please check before application.

Senior Rail Card
This card gives you a third off train travel, at an annual cost of £30. Having tested this, I found I would recover the initial outlay by using it on just one return journey to London.
Good discounts are also available from National Express with this card.

Days out
Both English Heritage and The National Trust offer discounts on membership for the over 60s. Additionally, many museums will offer discounts so it's well worth asking, or looking at their website.

Eating out
The Diamond Club card is worth considering as it offers discounts for the over 50's in more than 100 different Public Houses and Carveries. Hungry Horse and Greene King Public Houses also offer discounts.

Entertainment
Cinemas
Vue, Odeon, and Picture House all offer discounts on certain screenings.

Theatre
The National Theatre offers discounted tickets for certain performances, and as I found out (and started this journey), so does Norwich's Theatre Royal, so it just goes to show you only have to ask!

Benefits
Finally, I just wanted to touch on some of the other benefits that may now be accessible to you after the age of 60:
• If you have a retirement income of less than £16,000 per annum you may be eligible for assistance with your council tax bill.
• Winter Fuel payments are available if you were born before 5 May 1953
• Cold Weather payments are available if you claim any other income-related benefits
• Free prescriptions and eye tests are available, as is free NHS dental treatment if you are receiving pension guarantee credit.
 
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