Tony, 78, had no idea he could claim Pension Credit until he spoke to Age UK.
‘I retired a few years ago and me and my wife managed fine on my State Pension and her wages. But when she retired, we really started to struggle, especially as she doesn’t get a full pension.
‘I called Age UK Advice and they gave me the details of my local Age UK. They told me to come in for a benefits check so I did, although I didn’t think I’d be eligible for anything. So I couldn’t believe it when I was told I’d be eligible for Pension Credit. She said I just had to call up to apply, so I did that as soon as I got home.
‘As a result, we’re £168 a week better off. It’s really made a difference to our finances and peace of mind. It’s also meant I could stop looking for a part-time job. I wasn’t relishing the idea of having to return to work but didn’t think there were any other options. Our small amount of savings was almost down to nothing and I didn’t know how we’d manage.
‘I’m just so glad I called Age UK when I saw their number. I’d tell anyone else to do the same – you don’t know what you might be able to claim.’