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Elderly miss out on vital cash

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 07:25 02 July 2010

Stark warnings were today issued to elderly people to claim their benefits this winter as new research showed at least 28,000 pensioners in Norfolk will miss out on vital Cold Weather Payments.

Stark warnings were today issued to elderly people to claim their benefits this winter as new research showed at least 28,000 pensioners in Norfolk will miss out on vital Cold Weather Payments.

Pensioners on low incomes who receive a qualifying benefit such as Pension Credit are entitled to weekly payments of £25 but many are not claiming what they are owed.

The result is that many elderly people are suffering unnecessarily in the cold snap and may not be getting the assistance they need to help with fuel bills.

Phil Wells from Age Concern Norwich said: “There are a lot of people out there who are not getting what they are entitled to which is really concerning.

“Some people do not sign up for it because they think they do not need it. Some think filling out the form is too complicated. We are campaigning to get as many people to claim it as possible because it is what they deserve.

“In this weather it is particularly important that elderly people are taken care of. If people have problems claiming they should get in touch with us and we can help.”

New research carried out by the Lib Dems shows up to 1.7m pensioners will miss out on payments and the party has called on the government to identify pensioners who are missing out on the payments to make sure they receive the extra cash.

Simon Wright, Norwich South parliamentary candidate for the Lib Dems, said: “This payment is in place to support the poorest pensioners pay their fuel bills after a period of particularly cold weather.”

People who believe they may be entitled to a benefit can check whether they qualify and apply by calling the Pension Service on 0800 99 1234 or textphone 0800 169 0133. Lines are open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.

When you phone you need to provide the following information: your national insurance number; information about your savings, investments and income; and details of the account into which you would like any pension credit payments to be paid.

Back payments for up to three months can be claimed on pension credit, council tax credit and other benefits, plus the associated cold weather payments triggered during that period.

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