Many older people miss out on credit

    One in 10 older people not receiving pension credit have no
    intention of applying for it.

    A government study found that the most common reason for not
    claiming the benefit was perceived ineligibility, but that
    understanding of the rules was low.

    But about one-third of non-recipients said receiving practical
    help, such as a phone call or a visit, would encourage them to
    apply.

    Providing a year’s worth of entitlement in a lump sum also proved a
    popular idea – 36 per cent of non-recipients said they would apply
    if it were paid in this way.

    The survey for the Department for Work and Pensions covered 1,900
    non-recipients of pension credit who were likely to be
    entitled.

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