Northumberland residents urged to claim £650 pension credit as deadline looms
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Older people have until Thursday, August 18 to make a claim for pension credit to qualify for the government’s cost of living payment.
Amy Whyte, chief executive of Age UK Northumberland, said: “We urge anyone of pensionable age and on a low income to check whether they are eligible to claim for pension credit and get their application in quickly.”
Announced as part of a 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) in two lump sums of £326 and £324 – the first will be paid automatically between mid-end July and the second will be paid in the autumn.
Pension credit also opens the door to a wide range of additional support including: a cold weather payment of £25; £140 off electricity bill thorough the Warm Home Discount Scheme (if eligible); a free TV licence (if over-75); free NHS dental treatment and help towards the cost of glasses and travel to hospital; help with Council Tax and rent; cheaper phone and home broadband deals; reduced water bills.
Despite the considerable financial benefits, a third (34 per cent) of pensioners eligible to claim pension credit are still missing out.
To make a claim, people should call the DWP pension credit claim line direct on 0800 99 1234 or visit www.gov.uk/pension-credit/how-to-claim.