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Millions of pensioners are struggling to make ends meet, and are suffering real hardship. And yet many of them are entitled to Pension Credit they never claim.

A recent survey by Turn2us has revealed startling statistics on the plight of pensioners in today’s society. A report published only last week suggested that a staggering eight in 10 of those eligible for Pension Credit were simply not taking it up.

The amount of unclaimed Pension Credit for 2008/09 was between £1,630 million and £2,930 million. Current pensioners have to grapple with a terribly complicated system, which can deter them from claiming when they potentially could.

All they have to do is access the benefits checker at www.turn2us.org.uk and check what they may be entitled to, how much and where to claim.

Esther Rantzen CBE, ambassador, Turn2us

YEP Letters: February 19