Only WEEKS left to claim free food stamps in Iceland – are you eligible?

THOUSANDS of Icelandic customers have just a few weeks left to claim free vouchers that give money off food bills.

The budget supermarket chain is offering the discount to retirees struggling with the cost of living.


The vouchers will help 40,000 retirees living in selected locations.Credit: Getty

Iceland has partnered with the Rothesay Foundation to help vulnerable seniors save on groceries.

The supermarket made 40,000 vouchers available in August for those who reached the legal retirement age.

And now it has made another 40,000 available after securing an additional £1million in funding for the scheme.

This means tens of thousands of older people will be able to get help – but they must act quickly as it ends on September 16.

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To be eligible for the voucher, you will also need to live independently or with a carer and rely solely on your state pension or other benefits to pay your bills.

Retirees will need to request the vouchers by September 16 and these will need to be redeemed by December 31, 2021.

You can find more details on how to claim the vouchers below.

Iceland boss Richard Walker previously said: “No one should ever have to worry about how they are going to eat or drink, and we hope that the support we can offer across the UK will help retirees access and enjoy a worry-free meal during this difficult time.

Addy Loudiadis, Chief Executive of the Rothesay Foundation, added: “We hope our vouchers will provide some relief to the growing number of older people in the UK who are in real financial difficulty.”

How do I claim the voucher and where can I spend it?

You will need to call the Summer Cheer hotline to request a voucher.

You can do this by calling 0800 098 7877 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday to request a voucher.

You will receive a leaflet in the post if you qualify for the £30 voucher, and you can spend them in shops in the following locations:

  • Glasgow
  • Strathclyde
  • Greater Manchester
  • liverpool
  • Wirral
  • Newcastle North
  • Sunderland
  • Huddersfield/Barnsley
  • Sheffile
  • birmingham
  • West Midlands
  • Glamorgan
  • Newport
  • North Wales
  • Lambeth
  • Croydon

To find out if your local Icelandic store accepts vouchers, you can use the Icelandic store locator.

What other help is available for retirees?

Every Tuesday, Iceland offers over 60s a weekly 10% discount in all its stores.

If you have a £30 voucher you can also use the over 60 discount on top, but only on Tuesdays.

The 10% discount is applicable in all Icelandic stores.

Eligible customers must provide proof of age through a Driver’s License, Senior Bus Pass, Senior Rail Pass or Freedom Pass when paying for their goods at the box.

The discount will apply to all products in store and you will get a 10% discount on the total cost of your store.

In addition to vouchers for Iceland, there is other help available if you are retired and struggling to make ends meet.

The government announced a series of measures in May this year for households in difficulty.

Among the benefits specifically for pensioners is a cost of living payment of £650, but you will only receive this if you have pension credit.

The payment is split in two and you should already have received the first installment.

The next one is due in the fall, although a specific date has yet to be confirmed.

All energy customers are entitled to a £400 reduction on their energy bills this winter.

The rebate will be paid in six installments starting in October. Two worth £66 and four worth £67.

A one-off payment of £300 for the cost of living for pensioners will be distributed to eight million people later this year due to the winter fuel payment.

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The Winter Fuel Payment is usually worth between £100 and £300 and those over the statutory retirement age receive it.

If you’re worried about the cost of living or debt, a number of charities may also be able to offer you free advice or help:

  • National Debt Line – 0808 808 4000
  • Stage change – 0800 138 1111
  • Citizens Advice – 0808 800 9060

Only WEEKS left to claim free food stamps in Iceland – are you eligible?

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