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Pension Credit is an income-related benefit to give you some extra money in retirement. If you’re on a low income or struggling to make ends meet, claiming Pension Credit could help. It comes in two parts and you may be eligible for one or both parts.

On this page you’ll find out the following:

What is Pension Credit?

How much could I get?

Pension Credit comes in two parts:

Guarantee Credit tops up your weekly income to a guaranteed minimum level:

  • £159.35 if you’re single
  • or £243.25 if you’re a couple.

  • Savings Credit is extra money if you’ve got some savings or your income is higher than the basic State Pension. It’s only available to people who reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016. You could get up to:

  • £13.20 extra per week if you’re single
  • or £14.90 if you’re a couple.

  • How could Pension Credit help me?

    If you’re eligible, Pension Credit will not only give you a bit of extra cash, it could also help you get other benefits too:

      Extra money if you're on a low income
    1. It’s unlikely you’ll have to pay Council Tax (unless other people live with you).
    2. You’ll get free NHS dental treatment, and you can claim help towards the cost of glasses and travel to hospital.
    3. You’ll get a Cold Weather Payment of £25 when the temperature is 0°C or below for 7 days in a row.
    4. If you rent your home, you may get your rent paid in full by Housing Benefit.
    5. If you own your home, you may be eligible for help with mortgage interest, ground rent and service charges.
    6. If you’re a carer, you may get an extra amount known as Carer Premium, or Carer Addition if it’s paid with Pension Credit. This is worth up to £34.95 a week.

    You have nothing to lose by applying, but potentially a lot to gain.

    Am I eligible to claim Pension Credit?

    Can I get Guarantee Credit?

    The eligible age for Guarantee Credit is gradually rising. See our chart below to find out when you might become eligible.

    Date of birth When you can claim Guarantee Credit

    5 July 1953 and earlier

    You’ve already reached the eligible age to claim Guarantee Credit
    6 July 1953 to 5 August 1953
    6 July 2017
    6 August 1953 to 5 September 1953
    6 November 2017
    6 September 1953 to 5 October 1953 6 March 2018
    6 October 1953 and later
    Visit GOV.UK to calculate when you will reach the qualifying age by using their State Pension calculator.

    If you’re an eligible age, you can claim Guarantee Credit if your weekly income is less than £159.35 if you’re single, or £243.25 if you’re a couple.

    If you’re an eligible age, but your weekly income is higher than these thresholds, you may still claim Guarantee Credit if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you have a severe disability
  • you are a carer
  • you have to pay housing costs like a mortgage.

  • Am I entitled to Savings Credit?

    Only people who’ve reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016 may be eligible to claim the Savings Credit part of Pension Credit.

  • If you’re single and you reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016, you may be able to claim.
  • If you’re a couple and both of you reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016, you may be able to claim.
  • There isn’t a savings limit for Pension Credit, but if you have over £10,000 this will affect how much you receive.

  • How do I claim Pension Credit?

    Step 1

    Make sure you’ve reached the qualifying age by checking the table of dates above, by using our benefits calculator or the calculator.

    Find out which benefits you're eligible for

    Step 2

    Call the Pension Credit claim line on 0800 99 1234 (textphone: 0800 169 0133). They will fill in the application for you over the phone. It’ll be quicker if you have the following details to hand:

  • National Insurance number
  • Bank account details
  • Information about your income, savings and investments
  • Information about your pension (if you have one)
  • Details of any housing costs (such as mortgage, interest payments, service charges)
  • Partner’s details (if you have a partner)

  • Step 3

    If you need help, speak to your local Age UK for help with claiming Pension Credit.

    We can provide expert local support to help you claim Pension Credit

    Further information

    For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 169 2081

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