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Fenland charity warns pensioners may be missing out on Pension Credit and free TV licences

The Fenland Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Centre run jointly by Centenary Baptist Church in March and Wisbech Baptist Church is raising concerns over the large numbers of eligible pensioners missing out on Pension Credit.

Pension Credit could save pensioners hundreds of pounds per year by helping cover housing costs and essential household expenses.

Christians Against Poverty are worried pensioners may be missing out on benenfits.
Christians Against Poverty are worried pensioners may be missing out on benenfits.

The BBC stated that from 1 June 2020 the free TV licence scheme for the over 75s will cease.

Under the new scheme, only pensioners aged over 75 who are receiving Pension Credit will be eligible for a free TV licence.

Sue Bradshaw, Fenland CAP Debt Centre Manager said: “It is concerning that pensioners of any age are missing out on money that they are eligible for.

"The way we treat the older generation in a just and compassionate society like ours really matters. They have worked hard for years but many are being trapped in poverty.

“At CAP, when we meet clients we help them with a budget stating their income and expenditure. We also check that they claim any payments such as Pension Credit and Housing Benefit which they are entitled to receive.”

Pensioners who are concerned should seek advice from a local benefits advice service or Age UK.

CAP is a UK charity determined to reduce UK poverty delivering debt counselling, money management, job clubs and support for people.

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