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Thousands of pensioners failing to claim over £1,000 a year in state benefits 10 Jan 2019 08:14 #12735

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Call for more information and benefits advice to be made available for pensioner homeowners.

Thousands of pensioners are missing out on over £1,000 a year in state support by failing to claim the benefits they may be entitled to, according to a new report.

Research by Just Group found that seven in ten pensioner homeowners are failing to claim full benefit entitlements, with an average loss of £1,058 per home owner.

Pensioner homeowners on low-income are entitled to claim a range of state benefits, including pension credit and council tax reductions, but many are either not aware of their entitlement or are choosing not to claim.

But according to Just Group’s ninth annual ‘State Benefits Survey’, 49 per cent of pensioner homeowners entitled to state support are not claiming any form of benefit, while 20 per cent are claiming too little, missing out on an average £855 a year.

Just Group tracked three key benefits available to older people:

Guarantee Pension Credit showed the biggest unclaimed average amount at £1,889 a year.

Savings Pension Credit is the least likely benefit to be claimed with take-up rate of less than one in three of those eligible and an average loss of £434 a year.

32% were eligible to receive Council Tax Reduction but fewer than four in 10 of those were claiming, missing out on an average £745 a year.

“Once again we have found that too many people are missing out on claiming their full benefits with the average annual loss of £1,058 a year, the highest for five years,” said Stephen Lowe, group communications director at Just Group.

“These are meaningful sums of money that would make a real difference to people’s lives, especially for those struggling to pay everyday living costs.”

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Thousands of pensioners failing to claim over £1,000 a year in state benefits 10 Jan 2019 08:28 #12737

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And just TRY to Claim these Benefits, Apart from spending Hours on the Phone "On Hold" (Why dont they play Punk Music instead of the crap one has to endure)
When you get a human voice, They want NI-Number, Tax Code, Post Code, Inside Leg Measurement, and on and on and on, Then told "The assessor will write to you about a decision, Weeks later you get the Brown Envelope, NO Tough Luck.
No wonder so much goes unclaimed !. :ohmy:
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