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Why you should check if you’re entitled to Pension Credit

Published on 19 July 2022 11:09 AM

In recent months, Age UK Norfolk have heard from many older people on fixed incomes who are concerned about their financial stability considering the current rises to cost of living.

Age UK Norfolk are urging older people to check if they are entitled to Pension Credit, which is extra money to help you cover your costs (to top up your income) if you're over State Pension age and living on a low income. You might be able to get it even if you have other income, savings or assets.

You can find out all about Pension Credit, what it is, how much you might be entitled to and how to claim it, on Age UK National’s website.

The important thing to remember, is that by claiming Pension Credit, you might unlock other benefits too, such as help with health and housing costs and TV licenses. Don’t be put off claiming Pension Credit if you are only entitled to a nominal amount, it is worth claiming even for small amounts for the other benefits it may entitle you to.

“If you are looking to apply for Pension Credit, we would encourage you to get your applications in sooner than later before the waiting time increases further; online or telephone applications are often processed quicker.” - Claire Pitt, Benefits Lead, Age UK Norfolk

Claire Pitt, Lead Benefits Advisor at Age UK Norfolk, said, “Whilst we can sign post and assist with applications, our biggest concern is the processing time for Pension Credit applications as the Department for Work and Pensions are running months behind; some February applications have not been awarded yet and we can only see this timeline increasing as living costs continue to rise.

“If you are looking to apply for Pension Credit, we would encourage you to get your applications in sooner than later before the waiting time increases further; online or telephone applications are often processed quicker.”

If you want to find out what benefits you may be eligible for, you can use this free online calculator.

Alternatively, contact our Advice Help Line who will be able to assist you further, including providing you with a benefit check with one of our trained advisers.

Contact Us

Contact our Advice Help Line: Call 0300 500 1217  /   Email advice@ageuknorfolk.org.uk Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 10am to 4pm