A CHARITY is urging older people to check that they are claiming all their benefits.
Age Concern is raising the issue during its annual Your Rights Week, which runs until next Saturday.
A massive £2.5bn is left unclaimed each year - while 2m pensioners are living in poverty.
Janet Cocker, information and advice manager at Age Concern Kirklees, said: "Steep increases in utility bills and council tax have proved a strain for older people in recent years.
"But the amount of benefits unclaimed by pensioners is still too high."
Trained staff and volunteers are available throughout the year to give information and practical help in claiming benefits for older people across Kirklees, she added.
Age Concern is giving out information packs at its office at 24 Cross Church Street, Huddersfield.
They are also available at sessions held on Tuesdays at Meltham's Crossroads Centre between 10am and 12.30pm and Marsden Information Point between 2pm and 4pm.
For more detailed inquiries, people aged 60 or over are invited to call in at Age Concern's benefits open day next Thursday, between 10am and 3pm, at the Cross Church Street office.
Advice is also available on the phone on 01484 535994.