Citizens Advice, Stroud - How to boost your pension
How to Boost your State Pension
Do you know someone on a state pension who struggles to make ends meet? Or perhaps a couple? What if they could get a boost to their income? Too good to be true? A lot of other state pensioners certainly think so: a third of those who are eligible miss out. That's a million older people scrimping and saving and going cold when they don't need to.
This pension boost is called 'Pension Credit'. It not only provides extra pension income: it can also cover or reduce a host of other costs – rent, mortgage payments, council tax, energy and utilities, TV licence, dentists and opticians and more. Overall, the effects really can be transformative to pensioners who are struggling.
How to qualify? State pensioner households may be eligible if income is less than £182.60 per week for single people and £278.80 for couples. Pensioner households with higher income may be eligible in some circumstances – for instance if there is a carer in the household or a disability.
So, have a think: do you know someone who may qualify? If in doubt, search for Pension Credit online, ring the Pension Credit Helpline - 0800 99 1234 (8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday), or get in touch with us at Citizens Advice Stroud and Cotswolds, 0808 800 0510 (10am-4pm Monday to Thursday, 10am-1pm Friday) where we can check you are claiming all the benefits you are entitled to. Don't hesitate – Pension Credit can make a big difference.
Posted: Mon, 16 Jan 2023 15:33 by Irena Litton