With one in six older Londoners estimated to be living in poverty, the Mayor of London is urging pensioners to check that they are receiving all the benefits they are entitled to as part of the annual Know Your Rights campaign in partnership with Age UK London.
The Greater London Authority estimates that around 200,000 older Londoners are living in poverty and one in three are missing out on Pension Credit worth an average of £23 a week, or £1,200 a year , simply because they are unaware they are eligible for it, or because they feel too embarrassed to make a claim. This is money that can make a real difference, when it comes to being able to heat their homes during the winter months and budgeting for the weekly food shop.
Although the number of pensioners living in poverty in the capital has fallen by 100,000 in the last decade, older people in London are much more likely to be living in material deprivation than anywhere else in the country. Nearly three times the proportion of pensioners living in inner London are unable to afford basics like having a warm winter coat, being able to keep their home damp free and having a regular haircut.
In partnership with Age UK London, the 2015 Know Your Rights campaign helped pensioners to claim an estimated £1.2 million in benefits that would have otherwise gone unclaimed. The campaign aims to ensure older Londoners don’t miss out on Pension Credit and other benefits they could be eligible for.