“Do the right thing and help pensioners access the support they deserve” Chris Elmore MP challenges UK Government
Ogmore MP Chris Elmore has called on the UK Government to improve the advertising of Pension Credit benefits and to do more to reduce the stigma that may be attached to claiming these benefits.
In Business Questions last week (Thursday, 5 November), the Ogmore MP asked Leader of the House, Jacob Rees-Mogg, to raise the issue with Department for Work and Pension ministers so that more pensioners could be lifted from poverty.
The UK Government position stands in contrast to the Welsh Labour Government approach of encouraging people to maximise the support to which they are entitled.
Figures provided by Independent Age show that more than a million pensioners in the UK are not receiving the Pension Credits they are entitled to with a staggering £2.2 billion going unclaimed every year.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“I find it incredibly callous that the UK Government’s attitude to Pension Credit is that ‘it’s there, and pensioners can claim it if they want to’. Not only are some people put off by unfair stigma, but there are many who cannot navigate the system, particularly with an ever greater need to online access and computer skills.
“If the UK Tory Government ensured all those who are entitled receive the financial support did so, 400,000 pensioners would be lifted out of poverty – giving us the lowest levels of pensioner poverty in this country ever.
“I would encourage any pensioners who are struggling financially to reach out for help – there is absolutely no shame in doing so. Independent Age offer advice on their helpline on 0800 319 6789 or constituents can, of course, contact my office on 01656 860 034 or via email at email@example.com.”
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2. Independent Age Pension Credit: https://www.independentage.org/campaigns/PensionCredit/thefacts