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23 February 2012
Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director General of Age UK says:
“The latest figures show that there is a staggering amount of £5.5 billion worth of benefits going unclaimed by older people each year. This is the same level as last year and so it is very disappointing that there has been no progress in older people not claiming the benefits they are owed. There are still 1.8 million people in later life living in poverty and claiming pension credit can make a huge difference to someone's income and quality of life.
“The Government needs to start an awareness programme and move more towards a system where the DWP pay entitlements rather than an individual having to work their way through the benefits maze."
We would urge any older person who is struggling or worried about money to contact to call our free advice line on 0800 169 6565 or speak to their local Age UK.