Pensioners on a low income in the UK are being encouraged to apply for Pension credit to increase their weekly income.
Johnnie Johnson Housing, who support over 3,100 residents over the age of 65, are committed to raising awareness about Pension Credit to ensure more eligible people receive the support they need.
Pension Credit can help reduce daily household costs, but also can include additional benefits such as; council tax reductions, free television licences, NHS dental treatment and contributions to glasses prescriptions.
In Greater Manchester alone, the latest figures released from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and Greater Manchester Housing Providers, suggest as many as 43,000 local residents could benefit from £76 million of unclaimed Pension Credit.
Jamie Ellis, a Welfare Benefits Advisor at Johnnie Johnson Housing, said: “I know that older people are sometimes reluctant to claim, or simply don’t know about it. On average, those who claim Pension Credit receive over £3,000 a year, and this amount of money can make a real difference to someone’s quality of life.”
Allison Howe, Income Services Officer at Johnnie Johnson Housing, said: “It can often be difficult for people to know whether they are eligible for Pension Credit, however, it is so important to find out. At Johnnie Johnson Housing, we are always happy to offer advice and support to our residents who may be struggling with their finances and we encourage pensioners on low income to apply for Pension Credit.”
To apply for Pension Credit you must live in England, Scotland or Wales and have reached State Pension age. When you apply for Pension Credit, on the official government website, your eligibility for Pension Credit will be calculated based on your income.
To claim Pension Credit visit www.gov.uk/pension-credit, or if you are a resident with Johnnie Johnson Housing you can speak to our Welfare Benefits Advisor by calling: 0345 305 5335