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Nearly two million pensioners are failing to claim council tax benefit to which they are entitled, according to Age Concern.

“Claiming this benefit could save some pensioners £500 a year,” said Gordon Lishman, director general of Age Concern. “But many are reluctant to take it because they feel it is charitable giveaway and incurs a stigma by accepting it.”

“Millions of pensioners across the UK are struggling to manage on a really low fixed income and are increasingly anxious about their bills,” he added.

“They should not suffer such anxiety and the benefit is an entitlement not charity.”

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