Over 140 get more benefits after checks

Minister Mervyn Storey
Minister Mervyn Storey

Over 140 Derry people have shared £670,000 in benefits they didn’t know they were entitled to last year, it has emerged.

The Department for Social Development revealed yesterday that the Benefit Uptake Programme has helped put additional money into the pockets of some of Derry’s most vulnerable people.

Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey said:

“I am committed to promoting the uptake of benefits in an effort to tackle poverty. This extra money means more income for grocery shopping and help towards fuel bills for keeping homes warm in winter.”

The Minister said 142 people in Derry had secured extra money. He added: “There is no doubt that the challenges presented by the current economic climate are significant.

“Local people, many aged 60 and over, are better off by an average of £62 per week.”

Anyone wishing to see if they are entitled to additional benefits can freephone the confidential advice line on 0800 232 1271.