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Make sure you claim, pensioners are urged

PENSIONERS in the north of the borough are not claiming all they are entitled to.

PENSIONERS in the north of the borough are not claiming all they are entitled to.

That was the finding of Lab­our’s prospective Parliamentary candidate for Meriden, Ed Williams (right) who visited hundreds of homes in Chelmsley Wood to find out the extent of the problem.

He said he found many older people were having difficulty paying bills but did not realise extra help was available.

“The Government has pledged to help pensioners on low income and we want people to take up this benefit to improve the quality of their lives,” he said.

“Even if the amount received from pension credit is small, it may help pensioners claim exemption from council tax and other bills.”

Mr Williams called on Solihull Council and pensioner organisations to get information to pensioners to make sure they were getting everything to which they were entitled.

“People should also check to see if an elderly relative is getting all the help they can,” he said. “This also helps local shops and businesses who are struggling in the present economic climate.

 

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