Calls for more action to help pensioners in poverty

Andy Sawford MP is supporting the End Pensioner Poverty campaign
Andy Sawford MP is supporting the End Pensioner Poverty campaign

Calls have been made for more action to stop pensioners falling victim to poverty.

As part of the End Pensioner Poverty campaign, Age UK Northamptonshire and Citizens Advice Services Corby & Kettering have been working with local MPs, decision-makers and other stakeholders in Corby to raise awareness of the problems facing many older people.

They recently held an ‘End Pensioner Poverty’ event and everyone who received a benefits cheque was entered into a free prize draw to win a £20 food shopping voucher.

And with so many pensioners missing out on benefits such as pension credit, housing benefit, attendance allowance and council tax support, Age UK Northamptonshire is urging local politicians and decision-makers to work together to tackle the issue.

Age UK Northamptonshire’s chief officer Liam Condron said: “Now is the time for a concerted effort to help the very poorest older people – strong social support, affordable essential services and access to good quality information and advice are essential. But we must all work together to identify those who need support, encourage them to claim their benefits, and make the process as easy as possible so that everyone receives the help they need.”