Bromley's poorest pensioners living in 'unnecessary poverty'

PUBLISHED: 15:44 05 November 2013 | UPDATED: 15:44 05 November 2013

A shocking 4,250 of Bromley's poorest pensioners are failing to claim a basic benefit.

The older people’s charity Independent Age found that up to 38 per cent of pensioners nationwide are not claiming pension credit, and could be living in unnecessary poverty.

Pension credit tops up the pensions of the poorest to at least £145.40 a week.

Maureen Faloon, director of Age UK Bromley and Greenwich, said: “The issue of pensioners in poverty is hidden, but it is growing.

“These benefits mean they can maintain their own place and maintain their independence.”

She claimed many of Bromley’s pensioners do not realise they are eligible for benefits, or find the amount of paperwork daunting.

The charity offers a free welfare benefits check for pensioners and will help them to claim what they are eligible for.

Last year they increased the amount of money claimed in benefits by almost £1million.

“Our message is simple - contact us,” she added.

For more information call Age UK Bromley and Greenwich on 020 8315 1850.

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