A NEW report shows that across South Ribble Constituency the poorest pensioners missed out on £3,985,000 of pension credit in 2016/17.

The poorest pensioners have missed out on £7 billion of Pension Credit since the last election, which means vulnerable people are being left without much-needed income.

This comes on top of a Social care system in crisis under the Tories as the impact of eight years of cuts to council budgets have resulted in falling care quality and care packages being cut or rationed.

Kim Snape, Labour’s candidate for South Ribble, said: “Older people across South Ribble Constituency should check whether they are eligible for pension credit to ensure that they are getting what they are entitled to. This government seems happy for this money to go unclaimed even though it can be a lifeline for older people struggling to get by. This government is too chaotic to look after the people in our communities who need it most.”

Jack Dromey MP, Labour’s Shadow Pensions Minister, said: “The last Labour Government cut pensioner poverty consistently because we introduced Pension Credit, but the Tories have callously allowed pensioner poverty to rise once again.

“The Government must right this wrong immediately and do more to increase take-up of Pension Credit.”

Seema Kennedy, South Ribble MP, said: “This Government is dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in our society, and pension credit is a vital part of combating pensioner poverty and ensuring older people are supported in retirement.

"We are committed to ensure pensioners receive the support they are entitled to and many older people do qualify for pension credit. A simple check could give you access to additional support that can make all the difference in day-to-day life."