John Stevenson welcomes pension credit campaign for Carlisle

MP JOHN Stevenson has welcomed a new campaign to boost the use of pension credit in Carlisle as part of wider cost of living support.

Pension Credit is a top-up for vulnerable pensioners with an average value of £3,300. In addition to a cash supplement to the state pension, it is a passport to other benefits such as assistance with housing costs, housing tax reduction schemes, heating bills and a free TV license for those over 75.

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There are already 1,871 applicants for pension credit in Carlisle, but around 25% of those who could apply for the extra help are not currently doing so.

To help, the government has launched a campaign to encourage eligible pensioners, as well as those who care for and support the elderly, to access the help to which they are entitled.

Commenting, John said: ‘It’s great news that pensioners are already claiming pension credit, but it’s important that everyone else in our area is claiming all the help they are entitled to.’

“The campaign will ensure eligible retirees know what support is available and help prepare and save for later.”

Information is available online or by calling the free pension credit application line on 0800 99 1234.

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