Poorest pensioners missing £7bn credit – Jack Dromey responds
Jack Dromey MP, Labour’s Shadow Pensions Minister, commenting on a report showing that the poorest pensioners are missing out on £7 billion of pension credit, said:
“The last Labour Government cut pensioner poverty consistently because we introduced Pension Credit, but the Tories have callously allowed pensioner poverty to rise once again.
“The Tories’ idea for encouraging people to apply for Pension Credit – an “online toolkit” – would be laughable if this wasn’t so serious. No one should be surprised that usage of that website has drastically declined.
“The poorest pensioners have missed out on £7 billion of Pension Credit since the last election, which means vulnerable people are being left without much-needed income. The Government must right this wrong immediately and do more to increase take-up of Pension Credit.”