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Wild supports efforts to boost benefit take up in West Norfolk

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North West Norfolk MP James Wild has welcomed a new campaign from the Government to boost the take-up of Pension Credit.

There are already 2,628 claimants in the constituency, but more people are eligible for an average of £3,300 a year in extra support.

Nationwide, he said the Government has driven take-up of Pension Credit to the highest level since 2010 but now wants to reach the 850,000 people who could still benefit but have not yet applied.

James Wild at Westminster Hall (56294309)
James Wild at Westminster Hall (56294309)

Mr Wild has welcomed a new campaign to boost the take-up in West Norfolk as part of wider support with the cost of living.

Pension Credit is a top-up for the most vulnerable pensioners that is worth an average of £3,300. As well as a cash top up to the state pension, it is a passport to suite of other benefits such as help with housing costs, council tax reduction schemes, heating bills and a free over-75's TV licence.

There are already 2,628 claimants of Pension Credit in West Norfolk but some 25 per cent of people who could claim the extra help do not currently do so.

Mr Wild said: "While it is encouraging that many pensioners in North West Norfolk are already claiming Pension Credit, others are missing out on the support they are entitled to. I encourage everyone who thinks they might be eligible to check whether they could benefit from this extra help.”

Pension Credit can be claimed online, by telephone or by post. Information is available on Gov.UK website or by calling the Freephone Pension Credit claim line on 0800 99 1234.

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