The Conservative Government has launched a new campaign to boost the take-up of Pension Credit as part of wider support for the cost of living.
The Conservative Government is calling on pensioners across the country to check if they are entitled to Pension Credit as soon as possible to ensure they stand the best chance of qualifying for an extra £324 cost of living payment.
There are already 3256 claimants of Pension Credit in Great Yarmouth but around a quarter of people who could claim the extra help do not currently do so.
Pension Credit is a top-up for our most vulnerable pensioners that is worth an average of £3,500. As well as a cash top-up to the State Pension, this can help pensioners access other support such as help with housing costs, council tax reduction schemes, heating bills, and a free over-75s TV licence.
Checking eligibility and applying by 18 December – just ten days away – will mean pensioners could also receive a £324 boost thanks to Pension Credit backdating rules.
Pension Credit can be claimed online or over the phone. Information is available on Gov.UK website www.gov.uk/pension-credit or by calling the Freephone Pension Credit claim line on 0800 99 1234.
I want to encourage everyone who thinks they may be eligible to look into claiming it. This will make a huge difference to vulnerable people across Great Yarmouth so I urge everyone to look into whether they or their loved ones are eligible.