27/02/2012

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.

(CD/GK)

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