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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 01:00 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:

Age UK is a national charity that works with a network of partners, including Age Scotland, Age Cymru, Age NI and local Age UKs across England, to help everyone make the most of later life, whatever their circumstances.

In the UK, the Charity helps more than seven million older people each year by providing advice and support.  It also researches and campaigns on the issues that matter most to older people. Its work focuses on ensuring that older people: have enough money; enjoy life and feel well; receive high quality health and care; are comfortable, safe and secure at home; and feel valued and able to participate.

Age UK’s subsidiary charity, Age International, supports older people globally in over 30 developing countries by funding programmes such as vital emergency relief and healthcare and campaigning to raise awareness and change policies.

Age UK is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England (registered charity number 1128267 and registered company number 6825798). Charitable services are provided through Age UK and commercial products are offered by the Charity’s Community Interest Company (CiC) (registered company number 1102972) which donates its net profits to Age UK (the Charity)


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