A new £13m fund has been launched by Pensions Minister Malcolm Wicks, to finance local initiatives which should fast-track the take-up of benefits for Britain's older population.
The Pension Service Partnership Fund will specifically target people, says Wicks, who may not be taking full advantage of all the monetary benefits available to pensioners.
“The new fund will allow a mighty coalition of organisations - large and small, voluntary and statutory - to deliver extra help to hard-pressed pensioners,” says Wicks.
A host of health visitors, local authority staff and volunteers in communities are required to make an application for some of the funds and are then dispatched to ensure benefits are reached by people who are most in need, according to Wicks.
The fund falls in line with the Government's Link-Age strategy, and will provide up to two years' funding to around 170 organisations across Great Britain.
These include charities, local authorities, housing associations, NHS Primary Care Trusts, disability and carers groups.
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has also provided £1.73m for the fund, to help targeting information to areas of rural deprivation where people in poverty may be less visible.IFAonline
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