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Nautilus caseworkers have continued to ensure mariners are getting the benefits and grants they are entitled to – helping generate £1.14m for 741 mariners in 2022 .
The service, run by the Nautilus Welfare Fund – which has six caseworkers based in port areas of the UK – reached a further record compared to 2021 when the caseworkers generated an impressive £1.32m for 535 mariners.
In 2022 the caseworker service enabled retired and needy mariners and their dependants to claim welfare benefits they were entitled to including attendance allowance, pension credit, carers allowance, council tax rebates, personal independence payments and universal credit.
Due to the current financial crises the case workers found an increased need for basics such as help with energy bills as well as obtaining grants for food and drink and accessing food banks. The service also helped mariners to access services such as rehousing, home adaptations, and health and social care provision.
Nautilus Welfare Fund director of welfare and care Andrew Jones said: 'Caseworkers continue to make a huge difference to the numbers of mariners that we can now support as part of the charity's services, and in support of the Union's strategic plan.
'The 2022 figures reflect an increase of 206 on the numbers assisted in 2021 and continue the good record of obtaining funding to make a difference to the lives of retired and needy seafarers.'