State pensioners: Britons eligible for pension credit could save thousands on bills | Personal finance | Finance

As bills continue to rise, people are being reminded that they could qualify for financial assistance from the DWP. Some 850,000 Britons of state pension age are deprived of this DWP benefit which could also reduce their energy bills and council taxes.

Pensioners are missing out on average £1,900 a year in DWP pension credit, but that’s not the only thing they are losing.

The pension credit acts as a gateway benefit to other benefits and “freebies” that could help retirees make huge savings on their bills.

By not claiming pension credit, they could lose hundreds of pounds on their energy bills.

Britons who are entitled to even a little pension credit are also generally eligible for a council tax reduction.

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Pension Credit is the most under-claimed benefit in the UK, despite the support it can offer pensioners.

Henry Tapper, chairman of Pension Playpen, recently called on everyone to support the new pension credit campaign.

He said: ‘This is a rallying call to key UK influencers, charities, banks, insurers, pension trusts, utilities and other services supporting pensioners to support the « pension credit – it’s for you! country.

“Around one in three eligible households is currently bankrupt.”

Pension credit applicants can also apply for:

Reduced council tax bills
Capped water bills
£140 Warm Home rebate scheme on fuel bills
£25 in cold weather payments
Disabled Facilities Grant (up to £30,000) to make modifications to a home
Homeowners can claim up to £10,000 to pay for a boiler
Homeowners can get help paying for double glazing under the Green Homes Scheme
Up to £300 in winter fuel payments
Help with housing costs
Assistance with funeral expenses.