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WALES: Campaign for easy OAP benefits.

IN WALES, 87% of people think the UK Government should pay benefits to pensioners automatically, without them having to claim, research shows.

Help the Aged in Wales is also highlighting today that UK-wide, up to pounds 14m of pensioners' money lives in the pockets of the UK Government each day, instead of helping the older people who need it.

Help the Aged in Wales is challenging the Government to make sure older people are getting the benefits they're entitled to by paying benefits automatically to those who are eligible to receive them.

One in five Welsh pensioners are struggling with the cost of living, yet across Wales, tens of millions of pounds in council tax benefit is unclaimed every year.

In the current economic climate, Help the Aged in Wales is demanding the Government throws pensioners a lifeline by cutting out the convoluted claiming process for benefits and introducing automatic benefit payments.

Victoria Lloyd from the charity said: "The Government has most of the information it needs to identify people who are entitled to benefits and arrange automatic payment - what's needed is the political will to make it happen."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 12, 2009
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