Up to 1,485 pensioners in East Dunbartonshire will miss out on Cold Weather Payments triggered by the recent weather, according to analysis of Government figures by the Liberal Democrats.
Cold Weather Payments of £25 a week are paid to people on low incomes who receive a qualifying benefit, such as Pension Credit, which goes unclaimed by as many as 1,485 pensioners in East Dunbartonshire.
Commenting, Jo said:
“It is outrageous that so many pensioners in East Dunbartonshire, many of whom are living on low incomes already, are missing out on these payments, worth an estimated £37,125.
“With fuel prices at an all time high, Cold Weather Payments are all the more important to people who are barely getting by on the intolerably low state pension.
“The Labour Government has failed pensioners by creating a complicated system which makes it difficult for pensioners to get access to the help they need and deserve.
“The Government should now be doing all it can to identify pensioners who are missing out and make sure they receive this extra cash.”