Eligible retirees are urged to apply for a pension credit to help cover the cost of living

Currently, more than 1.4 million pensioners in Britain receive pension credit. However, many are still not claiming this extra financial help which can be worth upwards of £3,300 a year.

It comes as the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) today held its second annual Day of Action on the Pension Credit as part of a new publicity campaign.

DWP will also provide leaflets to local communities, while businesses can also get involved in the campaign by spreading the word to their customers using the department’s digital toolkit and encouraging them to call the complaints line between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

All state pension recipients will continue to receive pension credit reminders in the mail as part of the department’s annual upgrade communications.

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.

We call on anyone who has family, friends and loved ones in retirement to check with them and see if they can get this extra financial support, which could make a huge difference in people’s daily lives.

Martin Lewis, founder and president of MoneySavingExpert.com, said:

In the midst of the cost of living crisis, it is a national tragedy that living for a million pensioners does not benefit from a major increase in their income. My simple rule of thumb is that if you (or someone you know) are aged 66 or over and have a total income of less than around £200 a week, log on or call the Credit Complaint Line pension to see if you are due a payment this can be up to £3,300 a year. I’m not saying everyone will have it, but many will, and it only takes a few minutes to find out. So don’t delay, just call.

And not only is that serious money, it’s also often a bridging fee which means you’re eligible for a range of other help, such as council tax cuts, the extra £650 funding help for the energy, warm house discount, housing allowance, dental and optical care. care and, for those over 75, a free TV licence. So again, don’t pick up, just call!

Rich Mackenzie, DWP Visiting officer 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.

Dame Clare Moriarty, Managing Director of Citizens Advice, said:

At a time when millions of people are struggling with the rising cost of living, it is more important than ever that people receive the support they are entitled to.

The pension credit can be a very important boost for seniors struggling with low income. Citizens Advice can help you understand if you might qualify and advise you on how to make a claim.

The campaign also includes challenging some of the myths that can keep people from applying, such as having savings, a pension or owning a home are not necessarily barriers to getting credit. pension.

It also reminds people that even a small grant 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.

The pension credit is designed to help cover day-to-day living expenses for people over state pension age and on low incomes, although you do not need to receive 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.

Further information

  • The pension credit is designed to help cover day-to-day living expenses for people over state pension age and on low incomes, although you do not need to receive a state pension for the receive.
  • It supplements a person’s income to a minimum of £182.60 per week for single pensioners or £278.70 for couples.
  • People receiving any amount of pension credit can also get help with other costs, including rent (via housing benefit), council tax and heating. People over 75 are entitled to a free TV license
  • Up to around 850,000 eligible households do not apply for pension credit worth £1.7billion
  • Those looking for more information can use the free online calculator, to check eligibility or to apply visit the Pension Credit page or call 0800 99 1234

Recipients of pension credit by region (as of August 2021)

Region Number of recipients
Northeast 76970
North West 182877
Yorkshire and the Humber 124942
East Midlands 99405
West Midlands 137254
east of england 113316
London 186565
South East 150488
South West 116363
Wales 84631
Scotland 129671

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