I have been surfing around for days now in the choppy sea of welfare benefits information. At this point I am none the wiser, indeed if anything I am more befuddled about where to start. That is hardly surprising if you remember those 5772 pages on the Government website. Needles and haystacks come to mind!
My frustration is compounded by my limited computer skills and the torrent of data that is floating around in the Benefits sea. If I could structure and simplify it all, there would be a pile of unclaimed money that could be made available to many hard-pressed older people.
But perhaps that’s the reason for all the information and confusion. Successive Governments of both parties are always in two minds about benefits. When they want something they willingly give money back to us to secure our votes. Then having promised it, they are not totally committed to spending the money. It is easy to give the benefits with one hand, thereafter in times of austerity, it is not so easy to take it back with the other.
I can certainly see why many older people are unaware of benefits that are available to them, but also why even if they know about them they don’t claim them.
All the more reason to keep paddling 😋
FOOTNOTE – Please note, I hasten to add that I am no expert and anyone reading this should not take my observations or figures as fact. Hopefully before I finish this series of blogs, I will have raised awareness of some of the issues in the welfare benefits system. If you’re intending to make a claim, you should go to one of the trusted agencies like Age UK or Citizens Advice Bureau.