Author: Belfast Telegraph
Published on 22 December 2012 09:00 AM
Age NI is one of many organisations increasing awareness of the challenges that older people face in winter and delivering services to enable older people to access more financial support to help them survive winter.
Age NI are also encouraging people who care for older family members, friends and neighbours to get in touch to see what they’re entitled to.
Our senior citizens are missing out on unclaimed benefits to the tune of up to £200m.
That’s one of the reasons why the Belfast Telegraph have joined forces with Age NI to urge them to claim the benefits they are legally entitled to.
Our Feel the Benefit drive — running under the auspices of Age NI’s Spread The Warmth campaign — aims to encourage at least 100 pensioners to contact the organisation’s helpline this week.
This, in turn, will potentially unleash as yet unclaimed payments totalling, on average, £6,200 per annum per person, and £322,400 overall.
Across Northern Ireland, hard-pressed households are struggling to cope with soaring bills, and many face a stark choice between keeping warm and putting food on the table.
Age NI has calculated that a successful benefits check can boost an older person’s income by, on average, £62 a week — or £3,224 a year — and that money could go a long way towards heating and eating.
With Christmas around the corner — and winter starting to bite — now is the time to take action.