With the rising cost-of-living, it is so important that older people are getting all they are entitled to. It is estimated that £4 million worth of Pension Credit is unclaimed by around 2,175 households across Bury.

If you or someone you know have reached State Pension Age, you or they might qualify for additional money on top of what is already received.

What is pension credit?

Pension Credit is extra money from the government to top up your pension income. It also acts as a passport to other entitlements, such as:

  • Help with housing costs and Council Tax.
  • Help with NHS costs, including free dental treatment and check-ups, and travel costs for NHS treatment.
  • Free sight tests and vouchers towards glasses or contact lenses.
  • Cold weather payments.
  • Free TV licence (if you are over 75).

Who can claim?

You can get Pension Credit if you are over State Pension age and your income is less than £182.60 a week (for a single person) or less than £278.70 a week (for a couple). However, you may still qualify if you have a higher income than that and you are a carer, disabled, or have certain housing costs.

You can find out how to claim Pension Credit here.

If you’d like to find out more about Pension Credit, this guide by Independent Age is really useful.

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