Retirees urged to apply for pension credit

Pensioners and their loved ones are urged to take up the pension credit, as a new government campaign is launched to help those of retirement age with the cost of living.

From this month, advertising for Pension Credit will appear in internet search results and social media, before being extended to national and regional newspapers. It comes as new figures show many pensioners could be missing out on Pension Credit, a vital financial boost that can be worth more than £3,300 a year.

The Department for Work and Pensions will also distribute leaflets within 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 the hours of 8am-6pm.

Currently, more than 1.4 million pensioners in Britain receive pension credit. However, many are still unclaiming this extra financial help and it is estimated that up to £1.7billion is unclaimed. This is why the DWP renews its calls to all retirees to check if they could be eligible.

Minister of Pensions Guy Opperman mentioned:

“We recognize the challenges some retirees will face with the cost of living, which is why promoting pension credit is a priority. That’s why we’re calling on everyone who has family, friends and loved ones retirees to check with them and see if they can get this extra financial support.

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.

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, mentioned:

“Pension credit can make a big difference if you are of retirement age and don’t have a lot of money. With prices rising rapidly at the moment, it’s more important than ever to claim what is rightfully yours We urge any older person who thinks they are eligible to make a claim and Age UK is here to provide advice and practical support to help you through the process Pension Credit is a closely guarded secret – a lot of people just haven’t heard of it. It’s such a shame because at Age UK we see how much it helps those who actually receive it. We hope this campaign is the first step in an effort backed by the government to draw the attention of the older public to the pension credit, and we wholeheartedly support her for that reason.The pension credit is really important for older people and deserves to be much better known .

Morgan Vine, Head of Policy and Influencing at Independent Age, mentioned:

“We welcome this campaign to increase the use of pension credit. We know this support can be life changing, but for too long too many eligible over 65s have been missing out. Seniors told us that before receiving the pension credit, they skipped meals, struggled with a cold house and felt isolated as they refused to see people because they couldn’t even afford a cup of tea in a cafe.

With the cost of living crisis making life even harder for those over 65, it has never been more urgent to act on Pension Credit. Awareness campaigns are part of the strategic approach needed at this critical time, so it is very positive to see the government working with local partners to provide awareness materials.

We look forward to seeing the impact of this campaign, so that further swift action can be taken to target those who are missing out.

The pension credit is designed to help cover day-to-day living expenses for people over state pension age and on low incomes, although it is not necessary to be in receipt of a pension. state to receive it. Pension Credit tops up a person’s income up to a minimum of £177.10 a week for single pensioners or £270.30 for couples. These amounts will increase to £182.60 per week for single pensioners and £278.70 for couples from April 11.