Pensioners missing out on benefits - Logue

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Derry Sinn Fein councillor Patricia Logue has called on pensioners in Derry to ensure that they are not missing out on benefits they are entitled to.

Her comments come after it was revealed in the Assembly that pensioners across the North could be missing out on unclaimed benefits worth up to nearly £200m.

“It’s unacceptable to think that many people could be missing millions in unclaimed benefits. Currently there is no accurate or up-to-date estimate of the benefit uptake gap,” she said.

“Social Security benefits make up a significant proportion of older people’s income, and it is imperative that older people receive all of their entitlement.”

“From my own experience, I know that many older people in Derry can be reluctant to talk to government agencies or share their personal circumstances with officials.

“We also know that many people are more comfortable talking with representatives from the independent advice sector and other community groups.”

Councillor Logue said all agencies should work more closely with the voluntary and community sectors to target hard-to-reach groups.