Thousands of pensioners in Dudley are missing out on benefits worth hundreds of pounds a week, according to Dudley North MP Ian Austin.
Dudley MP Ian Austin reckons almost half the households eligible for the extra help are not claiming it and is urging pensioners to check whether they are eligible and claim what they are due.
Pension Credit is the income-related benefit designed to lift them out of poverty but Austin says 2,300 older people in his Dudley North Constituency alone are missing out on a combined £5,424,000 every year
Almost two million older people aged 65 and over are living in poverty in the UK and more than 1.3 million pensioners are missing out on £3.5 billion in Pension Credit every year.
Austin is supporting Independent Age’s campaign which calls on the Government to ensure that everyone who is entitled to Pension Credit receives it.
Ian Austin said:
“Older people have worked hard all their lives, paid in to the system and It’s terrible to hear that so many pensioners in Dudley are not getting the Pension Credit they’re entitled to.
“I know some people don’t want to claim, but this is their money and they are entitled to it so I’m calling on the Government to ensure older people in Dudley get the Pension Credit they deserve.”
Dudley MP Ian Austin heard from RSPCA Inspectors about their frontline work to protect animals in Dudley and across the UK in Parliament.
Ian Austin is campaigning to prevent homeowners being hit with extortionate management fees.
The Dudley MP is backing the campaign after being contacted by residents of new houses and flats who are being charged “management fees” for amenities or common areas by the builders of their homes or property management companies who have bought the freeholds.
But individual homeowners currently have no right to know where their money is being spent nor rights to enforce action when breaches of the scheme occur.
He is supporting a House of Commons motion which would require landlords to provide accounts of management charges to freehold property owners.
This would require landlords to provide accounts of management charges and therefore create greater transparency and accountability.
Ian Austin said:
“It’s shocking that freehold property owners are not able to know where their money is going. I’ve heard from lots of people in Dudley who are being ripped off by these charges.
“That’s why I am supporting a motion which would require landlords to provide accounts of management charges to freehold property owners.”