UK - Some £750m in council tax benefit goes unclaimed each year by pensioners unaware of their entitlements, according to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
In a national advertising campaign launched today, pensioners will be urged to enquire about their eligibility in an effort to increase take-up.
The DWP says up to four in ten pensioners fail to apply for council tax benefit with less than half of all home-owners, many of whom are pensioners, claiming the money they are entitled to.
Council tax benefit minister Chris Pond said: “My message to pensioners is – don’t pay more than you need to. If in doubt, there’s no harm in checking – contact your local council to see if you are entitled.”
Jeremy Beechman, vice chair of the Local Government Association, said: “Despite major efforts from councils to promote council tax benefit, take-up especially amongst pensioners is still too low – with around £1bn a year left unclaimed overall.”
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