PETER GRANT URGES OVER 65S TO CHECK PENSION CREDIT ELIGIBILITY
Glenrothes and Central Fife MP is urging overs 65s living in his constituency to check their eligibility for Pension Credit. Research carried out by Independent Age – a charity that can provide families and individuals with free, impartial advice on matters such as social care and social security – has found that there is an estimated 2138 pensioners in the Glenrothes, Levenmouth, and Central Fife area missing out on a combined £5,398,000 of Pension Credit.
Almost 2 million older people aged 65 and over are living in poverty in the UK. Pension Credit is the income-related benefit designed to lift them out of poverty, but it is estimated that more than 2 in 5 pensioner households who are entitled to Pension Credit do not receive it.
Showing support for Independent Age’s Credit Where It’s Due campaign, Peter Grant MP said:
“To see that thousands of pensioners in my constituency are missing out on millions of pounds between them is concerning. These are potentially some of our most vulnerable people in our communities who could desperately use that money. So, for the government to know that people aren’t claiming, largely because they’re unaware of what they’re entitled to, is wholly unacceptable.
“I am pleased to join Independent Age in calling for the UK Government to makes sure that everyone who is entitled to Pension Credit receives it.”