Local MP encourages residents to claim their pension credit entitlement

Rob Butler MP and Laura Trott MP

Aylesbury MP Rob Butler has encouraged local pensioners to check whether they are eligible for pension credit. Separate from the State Pension, this tops up your income to £182.60 per week if you live alone or £278.70 if you have a partner.

Rob said:

“Surprisingly, more than a quarter of pensioners eligible for pension credit don’t claim it, and so are missing out on an average of more than £3,000 per year. Following a successful application, pensioners may also be eligible for additional support including Housing Benefit. What’s more, they may also be able to access a free TV licence, dental treatment and the Warm Home Discount.

There are also just a few days left to apply for a £324 cost of living payment. The deadline is Sunday 18th December.”

To apply you will need your National Insurance number, bank details and information about your savings. You can call 0800 991 234 for assistance applying or visit gov.uk/pensioncredit/how-to-claim; you can ask a friend or family member to help you if needed.