MP hails campaign to boost uptake of pension credit in Warrington

WARRINGTON South MP Andy Carter has welcomed a new Government campaign to boost the use of pension credit, as part of wider cost of living support.

Pension Credit is a top-up for the most vulnerable pensioners with an average value of £3,300. As well as a cash top-up to the state pension, it is a passport to a range of other benefits such as housing cost support, local tax reduction schemes, heating bills and a free TV license for over 75s.

There are already 1,768 applicants for pension credit in Warrington South, but around 25% of those who could apply for the extra help are not currently doing so.

To help, the government has launched a major 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.

Pensions Minister Guy Opperman has written to local newspapers across the country and the Department for Work and Pensions will send leaflets to 11million pensioners. A high-profile media day will also take place on June 15, 2022.

The pension credit can be requested online, by telephone or by mail. Information is available on the Gov.UK website www.gov.uk/pension-credit or by calling the free Pension Credit application line on 0800 99 1234.

Mr Carter said: “We know that more than 1,700 Warrington South pensioners are already claiming pension credit, but many more people are eligible for an average of £3,300 a year in additional support.

“Sometimes the benefit system can be confusing, which is why the government has launched a major campaign to encourage eligible pensioners, as well as those who care for and support the elderly, to access the help they need. have the right.

“There are advisers available on the free helpline who can talk about what you may be claiming, if you think you might be eligible I urge you to pick up the phone and call for advice.”

Pensions Minister Guy Opperman said: “The Pension Credit provides a vital income supplement to some of our most vulnerable pensioners. 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 much more needs 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 hold a media day in June to let everyone know where to get the extra help they’re entitled to.”