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AN award-winning scheme aimed at helping Liverpool's most elderly has won them more than pounds 1m in extra benefits in two years.

Habit, the Health Advice Benefits Initiative Team, works through GP surgeries and care workers.

It was recently commended in the Health Service Journal management awards. There are 31,500 people aged over 75 in Liverpool and many are not aware of the benefits they are eligible for, and have trouble filling in forms. Most find it difficult to admit they live in poverty. Linda Carr, Age Concern Liverpool's promoting independence services manager, said: ``With this project we're reaching the hard-to-reach old people. They're unable to access traditional advice from groups like the CAB.''
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 17, 2003
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