UK Pensioners Benefits. Estimated One Third are
NOT Claiming their Benefits Rights.
Claiming Benefits can be an awesome challenge - especially for many
pensioners or senior citizens. This is not to say that pensioners are
stupid. far from it. More that the whole system for pensioners benefits
entitlements is outdated and far from being user-friendly.
So, let's get away from all the drivel from the
government, and those who hope to govern us. Experience has shown -
certainly in the last ten or so years that 'sound-bites' and press
conference utterances rarely convert into positive action.
On this page, we hope to help you firstly to
realise what you are entitled to, and also how to claim that
benefits entitlement. The benefits are there in place, but it is not
in the treasury's interest to make claiming pensioner's benefits
We will try to redress that balance in your
We have been prompted to write this page and help section about
pensioners claiming benefits, by a new report published today
(January 2010) by Housing 21. In the report it is claimed that
little has been done - by this government - over the last six years
to improve the claiming system for pensioners to get the benefits
that they are entitled to.
states that the government - New Labour - should get a grip in this
area and put it right. It is a statement that echoes from the past -
from agencies, and of course promises by the government to sort it
It is short-sighted in the
overall economy, for if pensioners were aware and HELPED to claim
what they NEED, then it would take a lot of pressure off many public
services and also cares etc etc etc. If we had a truly 'joined-up'
government system - (remember the promises?) then society as a whole
would benefit from caring properly for our aging population.
and 'governments in waiting' are committed to cutting the massive
public spending budget. We have heard it all before, but now it a
pressing reality. Will the cuts come at the top end of the public
purse, or the bottom end, comprising 'help staff'. You guess!
The Department for Work and
Pensions showed the numbers of pensioners in the poverty zone during
year 2006 rose to 2.5million pensioners! A rise of 300,000!
There is probably in the
region of £5bn. (Five Billion Pounds - £5,000,000,000) unclaimed
annually. That works out at around £500.00 for each pensioner in the
UK! In reality, some pensioners will not be entitled to anything,
others maybe several hundreds or more pounds! So, the money is
there. How do pensioners get it?
'Means-tested benefits for
pensioners is far too complex. Help the Aged says that claiming
benefits via the means-tested Pension Credit and Housing benefits
system is 'incredibly complicated!' This leads to millions of our
pensioners not claiming their rights - AND NEEDS - for whatever
reason. What is really sickening, is that more often or not - spread
across many government departments - the information required is
already there on an assortment of computer networks. The payments
you are entitled to could be made automatically - at a huge saving
to us, the taxpayers.
What Are you Entitled to?
- A full listing of benefits for seniors or pensioners, with full
advice on how to claim for them.