Martin Lewis on how to bag £10 - £40 London theatre tickets
Are you missing out on £4,500/yr to help with care?, last chance to get free £150 from switching banks, £10-£40 London theatre tickets and £5 Amex cashback. These are our Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis’ Quick Deals.
Remember, deals can change quickly, even while I’m on the programme. So always double-check the terms and conditions before spending. Plus, while I hope these deals will save you cash, don’t spend if you can’t afford it, don’t need it, or won’t use it.
Are you one of 3.4m disabled over-65s missing out on up to £4,500/yr to help with care?
There are 6.4m people in the UK who are eligible for Attendance Allowance according to charity Turn2us, yet only 3m claim it meaning 3.4m are missing out. This is a cash benefit worth up to £4,500 a year. To get it you need to…
- Have reached state pension age – currently aged 65 for all men and only for women born on or after 6 April 1950, or aged 60 for women born before 6 April 1950 (state pension age is rising to 66 for some by April 2020).
- Need assistance with care – due to mental or physical disability or terminal illness. The need must be severe enough for you to need help caring for yourself (such as getting dressed or going to the toilet).
- You must have needed that help for at least six consecutive months.
- It doesn't matter if no one actually helps you, it’s the need that counts.
- The allowance isn’t means tested.
The allowance is either £58.70/week for those who require care during the day OR night or £87.65/week for those who require care during the day AND night, or are terminally ill.
To claim in England, Scotland or Wales you’ll need to fill in this Attendance Allowance Form from the Gov site detailing your illness, if you’re getting any care, any medication you’re on and any specialists you’ve seen or call the helpline on 0800 731 0122. If you’re in Northern Ireland you’ll need to fill this form from the NI Gov website or call 0800 587 0912. If the assessors can't get a clear picture of how your illnesses or disabilities affect you, they may ask a healthcare professional to examine you. You will be contacted if this is the case.
Typically, claiming attendance allowance won't reduce any other benefits you receive, but it’s best to check first. And if you need help in making a claim or deciding what benefits you're entitled to, you can contact your local Age UK or Citizens Advice office.
If successful, your allowance will be backdated to the date your completed form was received or the date you called the helpline. Plus if you get it you could also be eligible for pension credit, housing benefit or a council tax reduction which could mean extra cash back to you.
Last chance - free £150 to switch banks
Another of the big bank switching bonuses is being axed tonight, at midnight. NatWest is paying you £150 to switch to most of its current accounts, including its fee-free ones. You’ll get the money in February. Once it goes the best payer in cash will be First Direct at just £50, though M&S gives £100 gift card (and another £80 after a year). I suspect we’ll see offers come back in January, but if you’re looking to do it now and want the biggest payday you need to go quick. Full info in Martin’s ‘Top best bank account’ guide for a full run down.
And don’t forget, switching accounts is easy. Within seven days your old account is closed, any direct debits and standing orders are moved across and any payments going to your old account is auto-forwarded to your new one. Plus when opening a bank account you will be credit scored.
£10 - £40 London theatre tickets
If you’ve a Mastercard, you can go online to Priceless.com from 10am today (Friday 6 December) and get access to priority booking for cheap theatre tickets costing between £10 - £40, for 50 shows including The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, Matilda, The Snowman, and Disney's The Lion King, for performances from 1 Jan 2020 to 13 Feb 2020. You’ll need to pay for the tickets using your Mastercard.
If you don’t have a Mastercard – then this discount opens up to you on 10am next Friday (13 December). Tickets for specific performances are limited, so it could be pot luck finding the show you want on a particular date. There’s around 135,000 tickets available in total, and last year thousands were sold in the first day of the general sale, so go quick if you want a particular show.
Amex cardholders get £5 cashback at 1,000s of local shops
If you’ve an American Express card, then from tomorrow (Saturday 7 December) till Sunday 22 December, you can get £5 cashback when you spend £10 or more at selected local businesses including restaurants, clothes shops, hotels, hairdressers and galleries. To get it you first need to register your Amex with the Shop Small website, then when you spend at least £10 there you’ll receive £5 statement credit within 5 days (can take up to 8 weeks). You can only get the £5 cashback once in each store, but you can use this offer up to 10 times, so a maximum of £50 back on your shopping.