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Huge numbers of pensioners missing out on benefit cash

PUBLISHED: 17:49 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:26 25 August 2010

HUNDREDS of thousands of pensioners are missing out on benefits, according to a charity.

HUNDREDS of thousands of pensioners are missing out on benefits, according to a charity.

Help the Aged estimates 415,000 elderly people in the capital are eligible for pension credit, yet just only three per cent receive it.

In Bexley there are 46,700 pensioners but only 7,360 claim pension credit.

In Greenwich there are 34,800 pensioners and only 9,390 of these claim credit.

Meanwhile, neighbouring Bromley has 65,500 pensioners, yet only 9,200 claim the benefit. Special Adviser for Help the Aged, Mervyn Kohler, said: "Even if people have made an unsuccessful claim in the past, changing circumstances and changing benefit levels may mean they are now eligible for money that can make a huge difference to their daily lives." To find out if you are eligible order a copy of the Help the Aged benefits advice leaflet, Can You Claim It? from www.helptheaged.org.uk or call 020 7239 1845. Alternatively, call the SeniorLine, the free Help the Aged advice line on 0808 8006565 or the Pension Service advice hotline on 0800 991234 or log on to www.pensionservice.gov.uk/pensioncredit.

Pensioners who claim before the beginning of October could receive 12 months of payments backdated.

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