Bury North MP James Daly welcomes government’s Pension Credit top-up scheme

BURY North MP James Daly has welcomed a government campaign to encourage the adoption of a scheme to help vulnerable people in the town.

Pension Credit is a top-up for the most vulnerable pensioners worth an average of £3,300 a year.

In addition to the state pension, the top-up can also provide access to a free TV license for those over 75, as well as help with housing costs, municipal tax reductions and heating bills.

While there are already 1,949 pension credit claimants in the Bury North area, around 25 per cent of those who could claim the extra help are currently not doing so.

The campaign reminds claimants that having savings, a pension or owning a home are not necessarily barriers to getting the pension credit.

Tory MP Mr Daly said: ‘It’s great news that 1,949 pensioners in Bury North are already claiming pension credit, but it’s important that everyone else in our area is claiming all the help at which they are entitled.

“That is why the Conservative Government has launched a major campaign to encourage eligible pensioners, and those who care for and support older people, to access the help they are entitled to.

“This will ensure that eligible retirees know what support is available and will help people prepare and save for later.”

Pensions Minister Guy Opperman said: “Pension Credit provides vital ‘supplemental’ income to some of our most vulnerable pensioners – worth over £3,300 on average.

“The good news is that the latest figures show take-up is at the highest level since 2010 and around 1.4 million pensioners are currently benefiting.

“But there is still much to be done to reach those who might claim but don’t.

“That’s why I’ve written to local newspapers across the country, produced leaflets for 11 million pensioners and will be hosting a media day in June to make sure everyone knows where to get the extra help they need. is entitled.”

The pension credit can be requested online, by telephone or by mail.

Information is available at www.gov.uk/pension-credit or by calling the free Pension Credit application line on 0800 99 1234.