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Charity says elderly not claiming full benefits

Charity says elderly not claiming full benefits
21st August 2008

Help the Aged has said that thousands of people in the west Midlands are not claiming the full amount of benefits to which they are entitled.

The charity estimated that although around 420,000 people in the region are eligible for pension credit, just over 279,000 are currently receiving it.

According to the charity, many pensioners who are struggling with the increasing cost of living could see an improvement in their lives if they were to gain access to the payments.

Mervyn Kohler, special adviser for Help the Aged, commented: "The cost of living is rising and the number of pensioners living in poverty is rising – so older people who are feeling the pinch should make sure they're doing all they can to get the benefits that are rightfully theirs."

He suggested that they should check whether they are entitled to pension credit, council tax benefit or housing benefit and pointed out that they should not be deterred even if they have made an unsuccessful claim in the past.

The charity recently celebrated the end of the first year of a collaboration with Barclays on the Money Matters project in Leeds, in which it has worked with around 200 older people in the area to help manage debt.

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