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Pensioner Benefits

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

19. To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to increase take-up of benefit entitlements by pensioners. (197208)

We want every pensioner to claim the benefits they are entitled to which is why we have made claiming more straightforward. From October claims for state pension, pension credit, housing benefit and council tax benefit can be made in one phone call with no forms to fill in and we are always looking at ways to make the application process simpler. As part of our drive to increase take up, I recently launched a communication campaign to target specific areas where take-up of entitlements is low. The campaign will explore partnership opportunities with Help the Aged, Age Concern, Citizens Advice and other partners.

21. To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to enable pensioners to take up their benefit entitlements. (197211)

We want every pensioner to claim the benefits they are entitled to which is why we have made claiming more straightforward. From October claims for state pension, pension credit, housing benefit and council tax benefit can be made in one phone call with no forms to fill in and we are always looking at ways to make the application process simpler.