More Than 11,000 Calls Made For Extra Cash

Over 11,000 calls have been made to the Department for Social Development’s Benefits Advice Line since it was launched in November.

The calls, from people who felt that they may be missing out on extra cash, came in response to a multi-media advertising campaign which called on older people to 'Make the Call'.

Mr Nelson McCausland said: "It is great news that so many older people throughout Northern Ireland are 'making the call' to check if they are missing out on money that is rightfully theirs.

"The entitlement check doesn't just cover Social Security benefits; it also covers a range of other benefits and services, such as entitlement to the Warm Homes scheme, the Boiler Replacement scheme, rates relief, housing benefit and other supports, which may not necessarily be financial.

"So, as we move into the final stages of the ‘Make the Call’ campaign, I would urge all those people aged over 60 to call the freephone number, or ask a friend or family member to do so on their behalf."

The 'Make the Call' campaign – which includes television, radio, and newspaper advertisements - encourages older people to ring a dedicated freephone Benefits Advice Line - 0800 232 1271. The advice line, manned by experienced advisors, provides information about what benefits older people may be entitled to and can help them make a claim.

So far, around 40% of callers have been identified as having potential entitlement to an additional benefit or service.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

15 August 2022
Pre-Flight Arrival Times Relaxed At Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport Authority (daa) has relaxed advice for passengers travelling from Dublin Airport following "significant improvement in security screening queue time". daa is now advising passengers to arrive 2 hours in advance for a short-haul flight, and 3 hours for a long-haul flight.
27 July 2022
New 'Respect The Water' Campaign Launches
A new 'Respect The Water' campaign has been launched in response to the World Health Organisation's call to 'do one thing' to help prevent drowning.
18 August 2022
Young People Encouraged To Access Free Impartial Careers Advice
Young people receiving their results, and their parents/carers, are being encouraged to make use of the impartial advice and guidance offered by the Department for the Economy's Careers Service.
03 December 2012
Older People Urged To Inquire Over Benefits
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has urged older people to find out whether or not they are missing out on benefits to which they are entitled. The 'Make the Call' campaign, which includes television, newspaper and outdoor advertisements, encourages older people to ring the telephone advice Line on 0800 232 1271.
23 June 2004
NI cancer victims not claiming benefits
Cancer sufferers in Northern Ireland are twice as likely to claim disability benefits than someone living in Scotland, but millions of pounds remain unclaimed. This is according to a report by leading cancer care charity Macmillan Cancer Relief, which revealed that more than £126.