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Kelly congratulates Help the Aged for securing unclaimed benefits for older people

13 October, 2008


Sinn Féin Junior Minister Gerry Kelly MLA today congratulated Help the Aged for securing almost £1,250,000 of unclaimed benefits for older people.

The organisation achieved this through its free and confidential helpline, Seniorline, which provides assistance and advice to older people, their families, friends and carers.

Speaking at the launch of Help the Aged's Seniorline Benchmark Report, Minister Gerry Kelly said:

"It is obvious from the Benchmark Report, that Seniorline is more than a helpline. In many cases it is probably a lifeline to our older people. Last year it secured almost £1,250,000 of unclaimed benefits for older people, an increase of 40 per cent on previous year.

"Such issues are crucial to the well being and quality of life of our older people. We would hope that the Advocate would play a vital part in helping to ensure that all relevant services for older people, including benefits, would be as straightforward as possible." ENDS

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