Doncaster pensioners face unnecessary poverty, charity says

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More than 7,000 of Doncaster’s poorest pensioners may be living in unnecessary poverty, an older people’s charity has claimed.

Independent Age says 7,300 old people in the town are failing to claim Pension Credit - a benefit which is intended to top-up pensions to at least £145.40 a week.

Victoria Richards of Independent Age said, “With rising prices a huge source of anxiety to many pensioners, Pension Credit really can make all the difference to those in later life. In some cases, it can also passport pensioners to other benefits such as council tax and housing benefit. And when claimed with Attendance Allowance, it can almost double some people’s incomes. But it does have to be claimed.”

The charity has launched a free ‘Wise Guide’ book to help Doncaster’s poorest pensioners put more cash in their pockets. These can be ordered over the phone on 0845 262 1863 and online at http://www.independentage.org/advice/order-your-wise-guides/.