Local pensioners missing out on over £7 million Pension Credit

Pensioners in Lanark and Hamilton East are missing out on more than £7 million in unclaimed pension credit, a leading charity has revealed.

Pension Credit website

Local pensioners are missing out on £7.3m of Pension Credit

Independent Age estimates that £7.3 million in pension credit is going unclaimed in Lanark and Hamilton East amid the Tory government doing virtually nothing to ensure pensioners get the help that they need.

Across Scotland more than £300 million is going unclaimed by 123,000 households.

Andrew Hilland

Andrew Hilland is Labour’s candidate for Lanark and Hamilton East

Andrew Hilland, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Lanark and Hamilton East said:

The last Labour Government cut pensioner poverty, but the Tories have disgracefully allowed it to go up on their watch.

It is shocking that Lanark and Hamilton East’s poorest pensioners are missing out on more than £7 million in vital support.

Pension Credit can transform the lives of the poorest older people, enabling them to live with dignity and independence. 

It can make the weekly shop affordable, help pay essential bills or enable people to take part in social activities, reducing the risk of loneliness and poor mental and physical health.

Almost 2 million people aged 65 and over are living in poverty in the UK. If the Tory Government is serious about changing this shameful statistic, it must make sure the Pension Credit reaches everyone who needs it.

You can find out more about eligibility for Pension Credit, and how to claim it, at https://www.gov.uk/pension-credit

01 July 2019

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