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Older people urged to claim Pension Credit

Pensioners

Older people can claim an extra cost of living payment if they submit a Pension Credit claim by 18 Dec

Older people on a low income have until Sunday 18 December to put in a claim for Pension Credit in order to qualify for the second part of the Government’s cost of living payment, a £324 lump sum.  

Announced as part of its original energy support package in May, the Government’s Cost of Living Payment will be paid to those in receipt of Pension Credit and other qualifying benefits.

To be eligible for the second lump sum, older people must have been entitled to a Pension Credit payment in the period between 26 August and 25 September 2022. 

Because an application for Pension Credit can be backdated by three months, those who begin the claiming process by Sunday 18 December and are successful can meet the eligibility criteria for the extra £324.

Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:

Christmas can be a very expensive time of the year and I am urging older people to find out whether you or someone you know could be eligible for Pension Credit.

“Pension Credit can make a real difference – worth an average of £3,500 per year – it will really help with fuel bills as the cold snap continues.”

Cllr Saied Ahmed, Cabinet Member for Resources and Cost of Living added:

“As well as providing a much-needed income boost and automatically qualifying them for the Government’s Cost of Living Payment, Pension Credit also opens the door to a wide range of additional support including extra help with energy bills and other essential costs.”

Other benefits include: 

  • A one-off payment of £150 through the Warm Home Discount Scheme to help with the cost of energy this winter
  • A Cold Weather Payment of £25, paid automatically when the average temperature is 0°C or below over seven consecutive days
  • Help with Council Tax and rent
  • Reduced water bills
  • Free NHS dental treatment and help towards the cost of glasses and travel to hospital
  • A free TV licence (if over-75)

 You can claim Pension Credit and find out about benefits here.

Posted on Wednesday 14th December 2022