Emma has backed Independent Age’s Calls for Better Awareness of Pension Credit. Last week saw the launch of a campaign by Independent Age, a charity that specialises in supporting older people. The campaign is calling on the Government to take action to make sure everyone entitled to Pension Credit receives it. Pension Credit can transform the lives of the poorest older people enabling them to have a greater degree of financial security and afford the essential things that allow us to live with dignity and independence. It can make the weekly shop affordable, help pay essential bills and enable people to take part in social activities. Figures released by Independent Age show that in England, 1.1 million pensioner households are missing out on £2.9 billion and here in South Shields some 2897 older people are missing out on a combined £6,563,000 every year. In backing Independent Age’s campaign Emma said: I am pleased to support Independent Age’s campaign in raising awareness of Pension Credit and proud that this entitlement was introduced under the last Labour Government. It is shocking that so many older people in South Shields are missing out on money they are entitled to, I would much rather they received this benefit to help pay for day to day living than the Government hold on to money that isn’t really theirs to keep. Following the recent announcement by the BBC that TV Licences for those aged 75 and over will only be free for those on Pension Credit, it is more important than ever that those entitled, receive this essential benefit. Far too many older people in my constituency are not getting the Pension Credit they’re entitled to. I support Independent Age’s campaign calling on the Government to act now. I would encourage any of my constituents who think they may be entitled to Pension Credit to call the Pension Service claim line to find out if they are eligible on 0800 99 1234.