Local MP Richard Thomson is reminding constituents to check their entitlement to see if they are missing out on Pension Credit.
Pension Credit is a social security entitlement which provides pensioners on a low income with extra money and other helpful support. It can top up their weekly income to £201.05 if they are single, and £306.85 if they are making a joint claim with a partner. Claiming Pension Credit also entitles people to additional support with council tax bills, rent, energy costs, and grants them a free TV licence if they are over the age of 75.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“There are 1119 households receiving Pension Credit in Gordon as of November 2022. Pension Credit provides a vital income for our most vulnerable pensioners – worth more than £3,500 per year on average.
“Although take-up is at the highest level since 2010, there is still more we can do to ensure pensioners are not missing out.
“It’s vital that older people here in the North-east are claiming everything they are entitled to, especially given the huge cost-of-living pressures we are facing. Pension Credit can make a big difference to pensioners on low and fixed incomes.
“Age Scotland can offer advice on Pension Credit eligibility, how to claim and a free information guide by calling their helpline on 0800 12 44 222, or on their website at www.age.scot/PensionCredit. Their online benefits calculator can also offer a quick indication of what you could be missing out on at www.age.scot/benefitscalculator “