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Age UK responds to the state pension uprating of 3.9% from April 2020

By: Age UK
Published on 16 October 2019 02:00 PM

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said: “The state pension increase from next April is good news for many pensioners and shows why the triple lock is so important, safeguarding the value of the state pension and ensuring that it rises in line with average earnings. This is just as important for younger people, protecting the value of their pensions in future.

“It’s worth remembering that the state pension is the main source of income for millions of older people. And for many aged 75+, particularly those on a low income who are not receiving pension credit, much of the increase will be swallowed up by the cost of having to buy a TV licence from next year if current plans go ahead.

“This is one of the reasons why we’re urging the Government to take back funding responsibility for free TV licences for the over-75s and calling on them to do much more to get vital benefits such as pension credit into the pockets of those pensioners who are most in need.      

“In the meantime we urge any older person who is worried about money to get in touch for a benefits check – our advisers can help them to put in a claim which, if successful, could potentially really boost their income over the next few years.”

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Notes to editors

[1] An ‘older household’ for the purposes of the BEIS fuel poverty figures being used in the press release is defined as ‘a household where the oldest person is aged 60 or over’.

[1] Age UK calculation: Based on the End Fuel Poverty Coalition’s fuel poverty projections (available here: http://www.endfuelpoverty.org.uk/price-cap-methodology/) combined with BEIS statistics on the proportion of fuel poor households where the oldest person is aged 60+ (available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fuel-poverty-statistics#2019-statistics).   

[1] Ibid

[1] BEIS, 2021. Annual Fuel Poverty Statistics in England, 2021 (2019 data). Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/fuel-poverty-detailed-tables-2021. [Accessed 03/11/21]. LILEE data, table 22.  

[1] https://www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment

[1] https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme

[1] DWP (29 October 2020). Income-related benefits: estimates of take-up 2018-19: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/income-related-benefits-estimates-of-take-up--2  

[1] 25,681 people in total have told Age UK that they are worried about their energy bills. The time frame for campaigners saying they’re worried about bills is 21st Oct – 14th November 2021.

[1] To date, 6,536 Age UK campaigners have written to their MP to raise their concerns about energy issues. The timeframe for the MP action is Thursday 18th – Wednesday 24th  November 2021.

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