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Pensioners Too Proud To Beg

by | 2nd, April 2007

beggar.jpgGORDON Brown isn’t the only one currently suffering from a pensions-related issue, as according to the Mirror, more than 1.7 millions pensioners are failing to claim benefits as they are “too proud to beg” for the money.

Apparently application forms, which pry into the details of old folks’ savings, are putting them off claiming an extra £40 every week in pension credits.

Pension Rights Campaign secretary Margie Arts wants the whole system revamped with pensioners automatically given their benefits without having to wade through the paperwork “My members are proud people”, she said, “ and they don’t want to tell strangers what their personal circumstances are”.

Help The Aged’s Anna Pearson is also unhappy with the Government claiming that “nearly £2.5 billions of pension credit is now going unclaimed each year. More should be done to ensure information on claiming gets to those who need it”.

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