Northumberland residents urged to claim £650 pension credit as deadline approaches

Seniors have until Thursday August 18 to apply for a pension credit in order to be eligible for government cost of living payments.

Age UK Northumberland is urging all older people struggling to make ends meet and not yet receiving pension credit to apply without delay.

Amy Whyte, chief executive of Age UK Northumberland, said: ‘We urge anyone of retirement age and on a low income to check if they are eligible to apply for pension credit and to apply promptly.

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Residents of Northumberland are invited to lodge their complaints.

Announced as part of a support package in May, the government’s cost of living payment will be paid to those in receipt of pension credit (and other qualifying benefits) in two lump sum payments of £326 and £324 £ – the first will be paid automatically between mid-end of July and the second will be paid in the fall.

The Pension Credit also opens the door to a wide range of additional support, including: a cold weather payment of £25; £140 off electricity bill under the Warm Home discount scheme (if eligible); a free TV license (if over 75); free NHS dental care and help with the cost of glasses and hospital travel; help with council tax and rent; cheaper home phone and broadband plans; reduction in water bills.

Despite the considerable financial benefits, a third (34 percent) of retirees eligible for the pension credit are still absent.