Denton and Reddish MP Andrew Gwynne is calling for £4.6 million of unclaimed pension credit to reach his older constituents.
Pension credit is a means-tested tax-free benefit for retired people on low incomes. Many eligible households across the country do not claim pension credit, often because they do not realise that they are entitled to it.
Research by charity Independent Age has shown that £4,604,000 of pension credit is not reaching older people in the Denton and Reddish constituency every year. Across Greater Manchester, £168.8 million of pension credit is unclaimed.
Independent Age is running the ‘Credit Where It’s Due’ campaign, which calls on the Government to reform pension credit to make sure that everyone who is entitled to this money receives it.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“It is shocking that £4.6 million of pension credit is going unclaimed across my constituency.
“This benefit provides vital support to the pensioners who need it most, ensuring that they do not need to choose between going hungry or sitting in the cold or dark.
“I am delighted to support the ‘Credit Where It’s Due’ campaign – thousands of older people could be lifted out of poverty if they claim the pension credit that they are entitled to”.