PENSIONERS in Kirklees are to be asked why they haven't applied for pension credit.
The question will be put to almost 5,000 pensioners in Kirklees because they could be missing out on this benefit as they wrongly think they are not entitled to it.
Research by The Pension Service indicates many people mistakenly think they cannot claim because they have too many savings or own their home.
But the Government's pensions reform minister, James Purnell, wants all pensioners to claim the money that is rightfully theirs.
He said: "All it takes is a call to the pension credit freephone number to check if you may be able to get more money. Millions of people are already better off as a result of making that call."
Although there are currently over 3m people across the UK receiving pension credit The Pension Service is keen to reach those missing out.
It wants to make it clear to people that they are not necessarily excluded simply because they own their home or have savings.
Mr Purnell added: "Our expert teams can talk to people about a whole range of benefits, including attendance allowance, council tax and housing benefit.
"People now receiving pension credit get, on average, £40 a week and awards can sometimes be backdated for 12 months.
"A successful claim can also mean access to help with other benefits, such as dental treatment, prescription charges, eyesight tests and other NHS costs."
People unsure whether they are entitled to pension credit should call the freephone number, 0800 991234.