ELDERLY people in Wrexham could soon have a one-stop shop to help them out of poverty.
Retired T&GWU member Tom Griffiths asked the council's Executive Board meeting whether it intended to set up one-stop shops to help pensioners, as outlined in the Welsh Assembly's Link Age Wales report.
Link Age Wales recommends authorities do more to advise pensioners on benefits and help available to them to tackle the shortage of elderly people claiming the benefits they are entitled to.
The report claims many elderly people living in poverty would be much better off with these benefits but they don't know who to call to claim because they are all managed by different departments.
'A one-stop shop, similar to the wonderful Children's Information Bureau in Wrexham Library, would greatly benefit elderly people,' said Mr Griffiths.
'In the report a case study is outlined in Monmouthshire where a man went in to ask about attendance allowance. He was given a full benefits check and it was found that as both he and his wife were carers for each other they could both receive Carers' Allowance. They also got a Council Tax Benefit.
'This added £248 to their joint weekly income. Unfortunately, currently in Wrexham you have to do all the ringing round yourself and speak to many people and it is off-putting for some.'
Council leader Aled Roberts confirmed the council was looking at the situation.
'Officers have been to Liverpool to see how they are running similar schemes and we are also liaising with other Welsh authorities to identify what the best method of delivering this service would be for Wrexham, but we are definitely in the process of addressing the issue,' he said.