More than 10,000 pension credit claims were filed in the week of June 13, a 275% increase from the same week in 2021.
The double step in the right direction was helped by Strictly Come Dancing’s Len Goodman, who teamed up with Pensions Minister Guy Opperman to help spread the message. That of the pair social media video encouraging pension credit applications has now been viewed over 1.3 million times.
The increase means even more pensioners could be in line to receive additional financial support worth an average of over £3,300 a year.
Pensions Minister Guy Opperman said:
We recognize the challenges some retirees will face with the cost of living, which is why promoting pension credit is a priority.
The success of our Day of Action means more retirees can get the support they deserve, but we don’t stop there. We continue to raise awareness of the pension credit, calling on all retired family members, friends and loved ones to check with them and see if they can get this extra financial support, which can make a huge difference in people’s lives.
The Day of Action also saw charities, advocates, broadcasters and a range of partners get involved to encourage people to claim.
The pension credit is designed to help cover day-to-day living costs for people over state pension age and on low incomes, although you do not need to be in receipt of a state pension for the receive.
It supplements a person’s income to a minimum of £182.60 per week for single pensioners and £278.70 for couples.
Currently, more than 1.4 million pensioners in Britain receive pension credit. However, many still do not claim this additional financial assistance.
Rich Mackenzie, DWP guest agent, said:
Many people who might qualify for the pension credit are not.
I urge anyone who comes into contact with retirees to ask what they know about pension credit. That could be something that helps, and in today’s financial climate, there’s no doubt more people will struggle.
The pension credit will not solve all the problems, but it will go a long way to alleviating the difficulties. It should be a collective effort for all of us.
Even a small pension credit award can provide access to a wide range of other benefits, such as help with housing costs, council tax or heating bills. For people over 75, this includes maintaining the right to a free TV license.
Pension Credit can be applied for by phone and online, ensuring that seniors can apply safely and easily wherever they are. The online Pension Credit Calculator is also available to help retirees check if they are likely to be eligible and get an estimate of what they might receive.
Claims for pension credit can be made:
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