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Councils are ‘screening millions of older people out of accessing benefits’, 25 May 2018 08:51 #7932

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Councils are ‘screening millions of older people out of accessing benefits’, says charity

MAY 24TH, 2018 Nye Jones

On 23 May, charity Age UK published a report entitled Everything is online nowadays. It warns that elderly people who struggle to use the internet are finding it increasingly difficult to claim housing benefit and council tax support.

Caroline Abrahams, charity director of Age UK, stated:

It is totally unacceptable that millions of older people who are not online are effectively being screened out of accessing benefits to which they are legally entitled, and often badly need, because they cannot use the online application methods that are increasingly the default.

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Surveys by the Office for National Statistics have found that over half of people aged 75+ have never used the internet. Additionally, the report states [pdf, p5] that:

Lower levels of internet use are also linked to financial disadvantage and disability (at all ages) and the proportion of older people who do not use the internet is likely to be even higher among those entitled to benefits.

However, Age UK’s research found that four out of ten councils are telling elderly claimants to apply for key benefits online. It says this is a major contributor to the fact that 19% of pensioners entitled to housing benefit are not receiving it.

Read More Here;
www.thecanary.co/uk/news/2018/05/24/councils-are-screening-millions-of-older-people-out-of-accessing-benefits-says-charity/
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Councils are ‘screening millions of older people out of accessing benefits’, 25 May 2018 14:03 #7944

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Bringing us once again to over reliance on public libraries which may only have 4 PCs and regularly queues to use them, well in the ones which are still open that is. I have already decided that when I am old, I am going to behave like the nuisance they consider me to be and park myself at whichever office responsible, then ask if they have a PC if I don't have access to one. Imagine what a grumpy generation of pensioners we are going to be after a lifetime of dealing with this crap. What goes around comes around.
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Councils are ‘screening millions of older people out of accessing benefits’, 25 May 2018 14:42 #7947

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I think when we reach the age of 60 we should be allowed to claim pension credit, or the amount paid at the JSA rate of around £73 a week until our pensions kick in at around 66/67. Or government could give over 60`s an option to do this if they are (a) too ill to continue to look for work or (b) let those of this age who are IN work to continue doing that if they wish to, but still be able to claim their pension credit on top of their earnings if they are below the £10,000 savings threshold.

But I`ve just remembered....the Tories are in power so that`s my idea down the plughole.
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Councils are ‘screening millions of older people out of accessing benefits’, 26 May 2018 11:27 #7971

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After losing Benefits, and having my state Pension Cut , due to lack of NI Payments years ago,
I have had to resign myself to working into my 70s and Beyond, With No family support, Im not going to
ever make "The good life".

BUT

Makes one think of millions of elderly people living across Africa, India & Asia where there is No payments to elderly
people at all by the State, makes me feel thankful for what I do get; And at least I have a roof over my head ..... for now.
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Councils are ‘screening millions of older people out of accessing benefits’, 26 May 2018 12:03 #7978

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If we lived in a warmer climate Paul life would be that bit better without paying extortion money to utility corporations because we could save a lot and manage on a small amount. Household income mostly goes out on gas, electricity, phone line, internet connection and food. If we could reduce the gas/electric costs (and scrap the TV licence) I`m sure many would benefit. As it is, they can`t wring enough money out of people and it`s getting worse.
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