UUP councillor Olive Mercer is advising that by encouraging all older people you know, work with and support to make sure they are receiving all their benefit entitlements you can help Age NI Spread the Warmth this winter.
She said, “Every week in Northern Ireland alone between £1.2 and £2.3 million pounds in Pension Credit goes unclaimed, yet almost 65,000 older people here are living in poverty.
“There are many reasons for this, some older people don’t know what they are entitled to, sometimes the complexity of the benefit system puts people off and often the claims process is just too complicated.
“You could make a huge difference to an older person you know by encouraging them to call the Age NI Advice Line on freephone 0808 808 7575 for a free benefits check. An AGE NI advisor will speak to them in confidence and help them find out what they are entitled to.”
Should you need help to make this telephone call or wish to discuss any other matters which are giving you concern please call into Basil McCrea MLA’s office, 19 Market Square, Dromore, Co. Down, telephone no. 028 92693594 where his staff will be happy to assist you.