30% of Eligible Pensioners Not Claiming Pension Credit
Posted on May 25th, 2023
Article from Plymouth Job Centre Plus, DWP
People of State Pension age may be entitled to Pension Credit even though they may have modest savings, or a retirement income or own their own home. An award of Pension Credit can provide access to a range of other benefits such as help with housing costs, council tax, heating bills and for those aged 75 or over, a free TV licence. If you work with people over State Pension age, or with those supporting them, or know anyone who might be eligible, then please encourage them to find out more.
They own their own home, so they’ll not get anything?
False – Homeowners can get Pension Credit too. In fact, almost half of the people who get Pension Credit own their own home.
They’re not eligible for Pension Credit – it’s for ‘old’ people
False – People can claim as soon as they reach the qualifying age, which is now State Pension age.
They cannot get a State Pension, so they’ll not be eligible
False – They may be entitled to Pension Credit – even if they’re not entitled to a State Pension.
They’ve been turned down for Pension Credit before, so it’s not worth applying again
False – Personal circumstances could have changed and their income or capital may have changed as a result. The first £10,000 of savings will be ignored when working out if someone can get Pension Credit.
It’s too complicated and claiming’s not worth the effort
False – they can claim with one simple free phone call Even if someone only gets a small amount of Pension Credit, it can open the door to receiving other benefits and services like Cold Weather Payments and free dental treatment.
However, if they wish, people can fill out a paper claim form, which can now be downloaded from the GOV.UK website or an online claim can be made.
The Pension Service will also help them to claim other benefits (like Housing Benefit, which can help with paying rent) if they’re entitled to those as well.