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15th February 2017


28th February 2017


Urgent appeal for funding to help Waveney charity for the disabled continue its service.

 Lowestoft & Waveney DIAL (Disablement Information and Advice Line) has been running for 30 years, providing help with benefits applications, advice on access and mobility, and recommendations for local events and activities.

Over the years it has grown to become a successful and much-needed service for local people, with an office in Lowestoft and a team of staff and volunteers. However due to an incident, which is being investigated by police, the team desperately need to raise funds to continue their work.

A spokesman from Lowestoft & Waveney DIAL management committee said “Due to circumstances beyond our control, we urgently need to raise funds so that our charity Lowestoft & Waveney DIAL can continue to provide free impartial information and advice, for disabled people and their carers, who live in Lowestoft and Waveney.

We would greatly appreciate the continued support of local people and businesses going forward. We appeal to the generous people in Waveney to help us raise funds to enable this excellent service to continue”.

The service costs around £90,000 per annum to run and is reliant on funding from local government grants, donations from local business, clients and other applications, for funding which are made throughout the year to cover running costs.

Over the years Lowestoft &Waveney DIAL has dealt with over 200,000 enquiries including accessibility issues, specialist equipment and blue badge enquiries, as well as helping people cope with a new or ongoing disability.

Last year the charity helped local people with long-term health conditions, and their carers, claim £3m in grants and benefits to make their lives easier.

A spokesman from Suffolk Police said “Police are investigating an allegation of fraud that has been made against a named individual linked to the charity’s accounting procedures. This is an ongoing investigation and therefore it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time”.

To make a donation, go to or visit their office office at 161 Rotterdam Road.

16th and 23rd February 2017

On the 16th and the 23rd of February, the DIAL office and telephone lines will be closed due to training. If you need to get in touch with us during either of these dates, please leave an answerphone message and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

20th November 2016

D.I.A.L and Spring Tide Pub are holding a fundraising coffee morning for anyone fancying a cup of coffee, cake and a chat! Saturday the 3rd December from 9am to 11am at the Spring Tide Pub opp Adsa, Lowestoft. All drinks and cakes at a reduced rate and a tombola full of great prizes.


6th July 2016

D.I.A.L celebrated  its 30th Anniversary at the annual A.G.M on the 1st July 2016 at St Marks Hall, Lowestoft. Everyone enjoyed the event especially the cake and drinks!

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29th January 2016

D.I.A.L Lowestoft & Waveney are pleased to announce we have a new vacancy for an experienced adviser. Please see our job vacancy page for details.

23rd December 2015

D.I.A.L Lowestoft & Waveney Christmas Opening Times
Christmas Eve — 9am — 12 noon
Christmas Day — closed
Boxing Day — closed
Mon 28th Dec — closed
Tues 29th Dec — closed
Weds 30th Dec — closed
New Years Eve — closed
New Years Day — closed
Normal hours again from Mon 4th Jan

Everyone at D.I.A.L Lowestoft & Waveney would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year.

9th December 2015

Following normal bank holiday processes, DWP will be advancing payments due to claimants on the Christmas or New Year Bank Holidays. To make sure payments are credited on days when DWP’s whole network is open and available to deal with payment enquiries, all payments due on 24th, 25th and 28th of December will be advanced and paid on Wednesday 23rd December.

For claimants in England and Wales, payments due on the 1st January will be paid on 31st December. In Scotland payments due on the 1st or 4th January will be paid on 31st December.

2nd October 2015

We can no longer provide a wheelchair hire service due to a staff shortage and running costs.

1st October 2015

It is with sad regret that we have to say goodbye to one of our longest standing staff members Steve Smetham. Steve will be sadly missed by staff, volunteers and all of our clients.

Due to lack of funding D.I.A.L has had to make cuts in staff and Steve kindly took early redundancy. Steve’s last day will be the 16th October 2015.

From this date on we will unfortunately be restricted to the amount of appointments and advice we can give. Please bear with us and hopefully this will improve soon.

We wish Steve all the best and a happy retirement!

** Any donations are greatly appreciated at this time of difficulty for D.I.A.L Lowestoft & Waveney

** Please donate in person at the DIAL office, by cheque or via Local Giving.

16th September 2015

Everyone at D.I.A.L Lowestoft & Waveney would like to welcome two new volunteers Carol & Honnor to the team. We hope they enjoy their time with us.

30th July 2015

Congratulations Clive!

Fantastic news, after the skydive was cancelled on Saturday Clive managed to get on to the jump list for Sunday at UK Parchuting at Ellough, Suffolk. He jumped and suvived and more importantly hit his £1,000.00 target!!

Thank you to eveyone who kindly donated.

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17th July 2015

We are in need of your help!

D.I.A.L Lowestoft & Waveney are £10,000 short of the funding we need to continue running our valued and vital service for disabled people.

Which is why we’re turning to you, our users, to help us in any way you can.

If you would like to donate, please speak to one of our advisors, or visit our LocalGiving page at:

Could you all do us the favour of posting this and spreading the news to all your contacts, friends and family in the hope that they will send it to more people and so on. If everyone gave us a minimum of £10 each the money would grow and we could hopefully continue our service.

Any larger donations would be fantastic.

Please start the ball rolling….

22nd April 2015

D.I.A.L Lowestoft & Waveney’s annual AGM is on Friday the 3rd July at 1pm at St Marks, Bridge Road, Oulton Broad. There will be free strawberry & cream scones and teas/coffees afterwards. Everyone is welcome: clients, carers, family and professionals. We will see you there!

25th March 2015

See our fundraising page for details on Clive’s skydive 2015!

24th March 2015

Clive Mann will be attempting to do a tandem skydive on the 25th July 2015 to raise funds for D.I.A.L Lowestoft & Waveney. Look out for details on how to sponsor him very soon.

24th February 2015

Universal Credit

As from the 23rd of March 2015 Universal Credit will be in force in Suffolk to certain claimants in only.

Universal Credit is a means tested benefit for working age people. It is run by the Job Centre Plus on behalf of the DWP. Universal Credit is a benefit for people who are both in work and out of work and includes allowances for the claimant, the claimant’s partner, any children living with the claimant and their housing costs. Universal Credit will eventually replace the following benefits:

 Child Tax Credit

Working Tax Credit

Housing Benefit

Income based Jobseekers Allowance

Income related Employment & Support Allowance

Income Support.

Universal Credit in Suffolk starting from March will only be for new claimants who are not on any benefits currently and fit the following criteria:

Lives in relevant postcode (from March 2015 – postcodes under the Beccles & Lowestoft JC+ areas)

Lived in UK for last 2 years before the claim

Must be a British citizen


Aged between 18 and 60 year and 6 months

Not pregnant or have any dependent children living or part living with them

Not a foster carer or adopter

No caring responsibilities for anyone with physical or mental impairments

Fit for work and actively seeking work

Not receiving an existing benefit or waiting the result of a decision or appeal

Not homeless

Not a homeowner

Not in specified accommodation

Not in self employment

Not in education or training

Not earning above £330 per month

No capital above £6,000

Does not have an appointee, court appointed deputy or power of attorney

Has a national insurance number

Has a bank account

Anyone not meeting the above conditions can’t apply yet. If you are concerned about how Universal Credit will affect you or you want some advice ring the D.I.A.L Lowestoft & Waveney office on 01502 511333, send us an email or message us on Facebook.

16th January 2015

Residents warned to beware of possible Council Tax scam

Local residents are being warned to watch out for a possible Council Tax scam. Suffolk Coastal was made aware of the possible scam, after a Kesgrave man received an email entitiled “Your Council Tax Bill Overdue”, claiming he had an unpaid Council Tax bill.

The email went on to demand that he responded by providing personal information within 72 hours, otherwise further action would be taken.

Whilst this possible scam happened in the Suffolk Coastal area, it would be a reasonable risk it may happen in the Lowestoft & Waveney area.

Be aware and don’t give out personal details via email or over the phone.

1st January 2015

D.I.A.L Lowestoft & Waveney now has it’s own Facebook page! See our page at and feel free to join and comment. We hope to start providing news, advice and help from this site as well as our normal advice line and services. 


1st December 2014

Christmas Bonus – £10 One Off Payment

Every year DWP pay a one off tax free payment of £10 made before Christmas, paid to people who get certain benefits. This is normally paid in the first full week of December. You don’t need to do anything as it should get paid automatically into your account.

The £10 won’t affect any other benefits you get.

To get a Christmas Bonus you must be present or ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, any European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland during the qualifying week.

You must get at least one of the following benefits paid in the first full week of December:

  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance (paid under Industrial Injuries or War Pensions schemes)
  • Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance (once the main phase of the benefit is entered after the first 13 weeks of claim)
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit at the long-term rate
  • Industrial Death Benefit (for widows or widowers)
  • Mobility Supplement
  • Pension Credit – the guarantee element
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • State Pension (including Graduated Retirement Benefit)
  • Severe Disablement Allowance (transitionally protected)
  • Unemployability Supplement or Allowance (paid under Industrial Injuries or War Pensions schemes)
  • War Disablement Pension at State Pension age
  • War Widow’s Pension
  • Widowed Mother’s Allowance
  • Widowed Parent’s Allowance
  • Widow’s Pension

If you haven’t claimed your State Pension and aren’t entitled to one of the other qualifying benefits you won’t get a Christmas Bonus

If living as a couple

If you’re part of a married couple, in a civil partnership or living together as if you are and you both get one of the qualifying benefits you’ll each get a Christmas Bonus payment.

If your partner or civil partner doesn’t get one of the qualifying benefits, they may still get the Christmas Bonus if both the following apply:

  • you’re both over State Pension age by the end of the qualifying week
  • your partner or civil partner was also present (or ‘ordinarily resident’) in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland during the qualifying week

and either:

  • you’re entitled to an increase of a qualifying benefit for your partner or civil partner
  • the only qualifying benefit you’re getting is Pension Credit



Some benefits ie ESA will send out a letter to claimants giving a change in money for December on a new award letter. This may look as if your money is changing but it isn’t, they have just included £10 in calculation and your benefit payments will resume as normal in January.

13th November 2014

Job Centre Plus are sending out letters to ESA Support Group claimants giving appointments to attend a work focused interview on Saturday’s to discuss support available.


The letter implies you have to attend the appointment but it is only a voluntary appointment – YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ATTEND and it won’t affect your ESA claim. Ring the telephone number provided to cancel the appointment.


We have posted a sample of the letter for your information.