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Council Urges Town's Pensioners To Claim Entitlements

Thursday November 14 2013

BARNSLEY Council is encouraging pensioners to claim all the benefits they're entitled to after it emerged that over a million older people nationally are missing out.

The latest government figures show that between 1.2million and 1.6million pensioners are failing to claim pension credit - worth around £2billion per year.

Pension credit is a means-tested benefit aimed at topping up retirement pensions if the government deem that someone hasn’t enough to live on.

The average amount going unclaimed by pensioners is about £33 per week, or £1,716 per year.

Cllr Alan Gardiner, cabinet spokesperson for corporate services, said: "There will no doubt be hundreds, maybe thousands of pensioners in the borough worrying about heating their houses this winter.

"This money could make all the difference. The Welfare Rights Service provides free help and advice, and anyone who wants more information on pension credit or who need help with the claim process should contact them straight away.

"Even if you don’t qualify for pension credit they may be able to identify other benefits that you’re missing out on."

For residents living in Barnsley, the Welfare Rights Service can be contacted on 01226 772360. Lines are open during normal office hours.

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Reply Posted by STAN on Thursday November 14 2013 at 15:24
My wife and I both in our 70s both worked nearly all our lives have tried to claim in the past and been told no just because we have a little money in savings, So just don't bother now

Reply Posted by Mike on Thursday November 14 2013 at 20:01
I sympathise Stan. Pension credits are for people who have done bugger all to save for a pension or have been unemployed for very long periods.

Reply Posted by Aunt Hilder on Friday November 15 2013 at 17:22
Stan, the rules keep changing from one year to the next, for a quick phone cal you can check if you qualify this year

Mike - go easy on people, not everyone is a scrounger and this is a top up to the OAP that people have earned. It is an entitlement not a hand out.

If millions of pensioners are missing out on billions of £s (which could be spent in local shops etc) then people need to claim it. Money in the economy will help to provide jobs. It could also help pensioners to stay warm

Well done Barnsley council for highlighting this

Reply Posted by sarah on Sunday November 17 2013 at 11:39
I am in my 70s and I claim pension credit,which includes a small amount of money from paying tax whilst working.I have been told that due to this extra money,being 2p more than the pension allowance,I am not entitled to any extras that people my age recieve.So it does not always pay by working to provide for your family.