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Up to 2bn in pension credits still unclaimed

Between 1.46bn and 2.07bn of pension credits are going unclaimed by more than one million pensioners, according to figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions.

It says that between 1.14 million and 1.63 million pensioners are not claiming the credit, with 2.57million people claiming it at a total cost of 5.46bn. The DWP says that compared with the last six months of the minimum income guarantee, which was replaced by the pension credit in 2004, 900,000 people now claim the benefit.

The Tories have attacked the Government over the figures, saying they demonstrate that means-testing is failing more than one million of Britain’s poorest pensioners.

They urge the Government to use the forthcoming White Paper to include proposals to reduce the spread of means-testing.

Conservative Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Philip Hammond says: “This is further evidence that means-tested benefits are not working for well over one million of Britain’s poorest pensioners.”

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