More than 140,000 pensioners in Scotland – over 1.5 million people across the UK – currently receive Pension Credit. However, some of them are still not claiming this extra financial help and the government is renewing its calls for more people to take up what they are entitled to.
Guy Opperman, UK minister for pensions, said: “We want to make sure that all older people receive the support they are entitled to. Pension Credit can be claimed by phone and online, ensuring that older people can apply safely, wherever they are.
“The online Pension Credit calculator is also on hand to help pensioners check if they’re likely to be eligible and get an estimate of what they may receive. I also want to encourage everyone with retired family, friends, and loved ones to check in with them to see if they could be eligible for extra financial assistance through Pension Credit.”
Having savings, a pension or owning a home are not necessarily barriers to receiving Pension Credit and even a small award of Pension Credit can provide access to a wide range of other benefits, including help with housing costs, council tax or heating bills.
Those people over 75 and in receipt of Pension Credit can obtain additional benefits, including continued entitlement to a free TV licence.
Visit www.gov.uk/pension-credit or call 0800 991 234 for more information or to check eligibility.