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Millions of older people struggling financially despite £3.5 billion in unclaimed benefits

Age UK is highlighting the rise in pensioner poverty and urging older people to check if they could be eligible to claim any additional benefits.

Almost 1 in 4 over 65s are finding it difficult to make ends meet
Millions of older people are not claiming benefits for which they could be eligible, such as Pension Credit
Age UK has updated its money guides and provides a free online benefits calculator to help signpost the benefits which are available.

Pensioner poverty on the rise

According to latest government figures, 1.9 million pensioners are now living below the poverty line.

The same research found that one in 10 people over 65 would not be able to pay an unexpected expense of £200, to replace a broken washing machine for example. Age UK is urging older people who are struggling financially to check if they could be entitled to extra assistance.