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Older people in Preston get a benefits boost

A benefit take-up campaign means that 21 people aged 75 and over in Preston, are better off by a total of nearly £144,500 a year.

The campaign was organised by Lancashire County Council’s Welfare Rights Service in partnership with Park View Surgery, Ribblesdale Place, Preston.

Records were used to identify over-75s registered with the practice. A letter was sent out inviting people to apply for a free and confidential benefits check.

With the help of welfare rights officers, those households who were missing out on benefits they were entitled to have secured an average of nearly £100 per week extra each.

County Councillor Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “Some older people in Preston have had what can only be described as a very welcome increase to their weekly incomes.

“As well as the hard-working staff of our Welfare Rights Service, I’d also like to thank the staff at Park View Surgery for their help in making this campaign such a success.

“The Welfare Rights Service has been running these campaigns for many years now.

“As we have seen with this particular campaign and others elsewhere, it really could make all the difference and make sure that people receive the money that they are entitled to.”

People wanting a free and confidential benefit check can phone the Welfare Rights Service on 0300 123 6739 or email infowrs@lancashire.gov.uk

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