Someone should definitely sort out the theft, that's for sure. At one time the OAP was equal to the single person's allowance. No longer true. I remember when my husband was told by a Macmillan nurse to claim benefit, he did and received it for a while. Then he was assessed (remotely) and lost it, although he was terminally ill then. Someone must have had a guilty conscience or something, because a couple of months later, it suddeny appeared again. All our years of paying tax and when you need some back? Jump through fire.