‘Modern day scandal’ of OAPs’ unclaimed benefits

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Hundreds of pensioners across Burnley and Padiham are facing financial hardship and poverty because they are too proud to claim benefits they are entitled to.

The Citizens’ Advice Bureau has branded the problem a “modern day scandal” as money that could help the elderly to pay for food and bills is going unclaimed and Attendance Allowance, given to people over 65 in poor health, is “shockingly under used”.

This week the Bureau launched a “Make Your Claim” campaign to get more people to come forward for help without feeling shame or embarrassment or the stigma that can often to be attached to claiming any benefit.


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