Shaw representative and Oldham Liberal Democrat Group Leader councillor Howard Sykes MBE has called on council leaders to act after it was revealed that 3,033 over-65s in Oldham are currently not receiving their full pension entitlement.
The figures were uncovered in research conducted by the charity Independent Age, who say that on average, pensioners are missing out on payments of £63.54 each month.
Councillor Sykes said: “Pensioners are already facing severe cost-of-living pressures with energy bills and the cost of the weekly shop rocketing, an extra £60 per month could make a massive difference. Oldham Council must play a proactive role in reaching out to and helping these pensioners claim what they are entitled to.”
Independent Age research also shows that 51% of over-65s across the north of England are making considerable cutbacks to save money for energy bills and essentials.
Councillor Sykes said, “The fact that more than half of pensioners are struggling to make ends meet is a damning reflection on this Conservative government. They have left people behind to fend for themselves. Blame for the cost-of-living crisis lies squarely with the Conservative party.”