A Plaid Cymru MS has called on the Welsh Government to help pensioners claim the benefits to which they are entitled.
Peredur Owen Griffiths, who represents the South Wales East region, said too many pensioners were missing out on cash they could do with in light of the cost-of-living crisis.
Speaking in the Senedd, Peredur said: “The Government announcement on the winter fuel support scheme calculated that around 350,000 householders are eligible to apply for a payment of £200 under the scheme.
“According to the Older People's Commissioner for Wales, over £200 million of pension credit went unclaimed in Wales last year.
“Knowing that health risks increase due to cold homes for those over the age of 55, and access to inefficient broadband and the internet is difficult for many, can you tell us how many eligible households have successfully applied to date, and how will the Welsh Government be using the extended deadline to promote the support available, particularly to older people?”
In reply, Social Justice Minister Jane Hutt stopped short of pledging government assistance but said she “very much welcomes” the campaign by the Older People's Commissioner and Age Cymru to boost the number of people claiming pension credit.
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