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Sinn Féin sponsor launch of 'Benefit Calculator' for older people

9 October, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA and spokesperson for older people, Micky Brady, today sponsored the launch of the A2B Benefit Calculator. The Calculator is a mechanism to aid older people find out what benefits they are entitled to and what is available to them.

Sinn Féin Party Spokesperson on welfare issues and launch sponsor Mickey Brady MLA stated the pressing need for older people to claim all the benefits available:

'The whole administration of provision of benefit and uptake needs to be urgently addressed, especially given the current credit crunch when now more than ever people are becoming increasingly reliant on benefits just to meet their basic everyday needs.

'Part of the problem is that many people just don't know what is out there: take Pension Credit, for example, which is particularly relevant given the fact that it can lead to passport benefits like the Social Fund and Housing Benefit. People and in particular older people need to be given the proper information in order to access and maximise their benefit uptake.'

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