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Alarming Pensioner Poverty Figures Released

Monday November 11 2013

ALMOST 6,000 of the poorest pensioners in Barnsley may be living in unnecessary poverty.

Independent Age claims that up to 5,800 pensioners are failing to claim Pension Credit - a basic benefit which is intended to top up pensions of the poorest to at least £145.40 per week.

Independent Age has launched a free 'Wise Guide' book to help the town's poorest pensioners put more cash in their pockets.

Victoria Richards, head of advice and support at Independent Age, said: "With rising prices a huge source of anxiety to many pensioners, Pension Credit really can make all the difference to those in later life.

"In some cases, it can also passport pensioners to other benefits such as council tax and housing benefit and when claimed with extra financial support such as Attendance Allowance, it can almost double some people’s incomes.

"But it does have to be claimed - and our new Wise Guide shows you how."

The guide is the first in a series of easy-to-read books, packed with essential information for the over-65s.

For more information, click here, or ring 0845 262 1863.

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Reply Posted by Purple Haze on Monday November 11 2013 at 15:50
pensioners have been protected in many ways. They had a rise on their pension when other benefits were cut. They still get free travel. They get free TV licenses if old enough. Some are still getting free coal though this may change. Many have had the chance to earn good wages and bought their own homes. I see loads that have decent pensions, their own homes, new cars and money in the bank.
These are the ones who thought ahead. So the ones who spent it all or never bothered to put it away or earn it in the first place now are struggling? Hmmm seems to me that yet again people are expected to look after the idle in society.

Reply Posted by Eco on Monday November 11 2013 at 16:20
Free home insulationto help with thermal comfort and energy costs

Reply Posted by maud on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 12:15
you stupid idiot hope this never happens to any of your family have you got no respect ye the is people on pensions better off than other so do we let these oap starve or freeze always manage to get one loud mouth disrespectful person and your it as said below try making your mouth at something constructive like the cash sent abroad or may be not may be your one of them that do it

Reply Posted by Anon on Monday November 11 2013 at 16:31
My grandparents have always worked hard, saved hard, and now because of rising costs can hardly afford to live....

Reply Posted by lee c on Monday November 11 2013 at 18:42
Some people have no or little respect for others. O A P's deserve the best care possible. Not many of us here today would be here if they didn't fight for us. The women of the war had a hard time too, in some cases if not worse, let's look after the ones that have gave us a chance of life, and never forget what they went through.

Reply Posted by Mum of Three on Monday November 11 2013 at 20:43
I feel so sorry for our old people.
I try to look after the old folks in our family by cleaning ect--- on my days off.
I would be ashamed of myself if I thought I wasn't doing enough for them.
Look after your parents, grandparents- it breaks your heart when they are no longer here.

Reply Posted by Wendy on Monday November 11 2013 at 22:22
Its about time this Government looked after English people & stopped giving everything to foreigners....Makes my blood boil

Reply Posted by Pissed off on Monday November 11 2013 at 22:28
wendy@ the Government has pledged 6million today for the phillipines..it is about time the government looked after OUR COUNTRY.

Reply Posted by i8all on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 13:06
Some people

Reply Posted by doreen on Tuesday November 12 2013 at 14:40
yes pension credit can make all the difference, my husband and i are on pension we are better of now then we ever been , he worked 6 1/2 days a week just to make ends meet, it was a struggle when he was paying private pension but i am glad now that he did it not a lot but it comes in , i know a lot of rich pension never meet a poor 1, like my mum always said the people that look after there money get note when older, the ones that piss it up on the wall get every thing

Reply Posted by Danielle on Sunday November 17 2013 at 15:42
The council have made many cuts to oap services including the warden service which used to operate around oap bungalows. Oap's now have no one checking on then in a morning and instead have to PAY EXTRA for a social care service for if they need emergengy help in the home. Meanwhile MP's are getting pay rises and getting their mortgages paid!!!