[Mr. Roger Gale in the Chair] — Pensioner Poverty

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 23rd February 2010.

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Photo of Malcolm Bruce Malcolm Bruce Chair, International Development Committee 9:30 am, 23rd February 2010

My hon. Friend made an important point in saying that if people do not claim some benefits they will not qualify for others. We are experiencing the coldest winter for many years, and many pensioners are cutting their heating. In areas such as my constituency, which are particularly cold, many do not get the cold weather payments because they have not applied for benefits to which they would otherwise automatically be entitled. Is it not time that we gave the benefits to those who need them without making them claim?