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Pension Credit - #CreditWhereItsDue

Published on 15 December 2019 10:08 AM

Last month we highlighted that, from June 2020, TV licences will no longer be free for people aged 75+ unless they are in receipt of Pension Credit. Independent Age recently started their #CreditWhereItsDue social media campaign and we’re going to do what we can to make sure that everyone knows about the income-based benefit and can claim it, if they want. Figures compiled by Independent Age (on a constituency basis) make for shocking reading. What does that mean in Nottinghamshire? There are 22,012 households who could potentially claim Pension Credit but aren’t. That amounts to almost £52 million of unclaimed benefit in our county alone. Here’s the breakdown:
Constituency Number of household who could claim Value of unclaimed benefits (£)
Ashfield  2446  5,379,845
Bassetlaw   2248 4,969,142
Broxtowe   1654 3,690,003
Gedling   1797 3,898,201
Mansfield  2295 5,236,086
Newark   1710 3,844,723
Nottingham East   2169 6,309,628
Nottingham North  2786  6,942,754
Nottingham South  1987  5,247,299
Rushcliffe   1258 2,810,665
Sherwood   1662 3,538,922
Source: Independent Age
The TV Licence currently costs £154.50 so it will be a help to many over 75s to continue to receive that benefit. Pension Credit can be worth between £40 and £65 per week (depending on circumstances). We’ll be launching an awareness campaign in the next few weeks – what can you do?