Help for pensioners to claim benefits

Local MSP Adam Ingram is urging pensioners to take up the benefits check on offer through the Scottish government’s Home Energy Scotland hotline to ensure they are receiving all the right benefits and have access to the lowest energy rates.

More than 34,000 people have now been referred through the Scottish government’s Home Energy Scotland hotline to services which maximise income by checking eligibility for benefits.

On average, pensioner households receive an extra £1681 to their income.

Mr Ingram said: “Many people fail to claim for what they are entitled to in benefits and tax credits simply because they don’t know it’s there and this is where the hotline advisers can help.

“We all have a job to do to make sure that older people across our communities know that there are services available to help maximise their income.”

The Home Energy Scotland Hotline number is 0800 512 012 or visit www.homeenergyscotland.org.uk <http://www.homeenergyscotland.org.uk>