Older people given a hand so they keep their cash

A CASH boost is expected to help ensure older people receive the benefits they are entitled to.

Age UK North Tyneside has been given a grant of £5,000 as part of Age UK’s ‘More Money in Your Pocket’ campaign.

A total of 11 branches have received the grants, with Age UK North Tyneside using their cash to raise older people’s awareness of benefit entitlements through GP surgeries across the borough.

Alma Caldwell, chief executive at Age UK North Tyneside, said: “Far too many older people are struggling financially and we want to do all we can to help.

“There is a real need to get rid of the stigma that some people associate with claiming benefits and to help those who may have previously been refused, don’t think they are eligible or believe the claiming process is over complicated and intrusive.

“Older people are more likely than any other age group to miss out on benefit entitlements.

“Independent information and advice and face-to-face communication are key to improving the take-up of benefits and we would urge any older person who is struggling or worried about money to contact us.

“Age UK can offer a free benefit check and help with filling in forms.”

Anyone who wants more information should call Age UK North Tyneside on (0191) 280 8484 or visit The Bradbury Centre, 13 Saville Street West, North Shields, NE29 6QP.

‘More Money in Your Pocket’ is part of Age UK’s ‘Lets Talk Money Campaign’.

For more information visit www.ageuk.org.uk