People who claim Pension Credit who are on disability benefits have been urged to check if they can get additional payments.
Fresh guidance from the DWP explains that those on Attendance Allowance or the middle or highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance, on PIP or Adult Disability Payment, may be entitled to extra Pension Credit of £76.40 a month.
Pension Credit claimants who get Carer’s Allowance may also be entitled to an extra £42.75 a month.
A person may also get this extra Pension Credit if they are entitled to Carer’s Allowance but are not being paid it, or being paid it at a lower amount than normal, because they are being paid a higher amount by another, income-related benefit such as the state pension. This is more commonly referred to as an underlying entitlement.
Pension Credit is a means-tested benefit that gives people extra money to help with their living costs if they are over state pension age and on a low income.
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Pension Credit can also provide access to a range of other benefits such as help with housing costs, Council Tax, heating bills and for those aged 75 or over, a free TV licence, the Daily Record reports.
DWP said although take up of Pension Credit is at the highest level since 2010, there are still “too many people missing out” with an estimated 850,000 pensioners potentially eligible for the income boost who are not claiming.
The quickest way to check if a person should claim, is to use the online Pension Credit calculator on the Government website.
Pensions minister Laura Trott MBE MP said previously: “We recognise the challenges some pensioners will be facing with the cost of living which is why we are easing those pressures with measures like Pension Credit, alongside driving down inflation.
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“Pension Credit take-up is at the highest level since 2010, and this trial will help us test even more ways to ensure pensioners are receiving all the support they can.
“Those under pension age can also help by checking in with older loved ones and asking them to consider if they could be eligible for this extra financial support.”
A person can also check by calling the Pension Credit helpline on 0800 99 1234 – lines are open 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Pension Credit tops up a person’s income to a minimum of £201.05 per week for single pensioners and to £306.85 for couples or more if a person has a disability or caring responsibilities.
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Other help if a person gets Pension Credit
If a person qualifies for Pension Credit they can also get other help, such as:
- Housing Benefit
- Support for Mortgage Interest
- Council Tax discount
- Free TV licence if they are aged 75 or over
- Help with NHS dental treatment, glasses and transport costs for hospital appointments
- Help with heating costs through the Warm Home Discount Scheme
- A discount on the Royal Mail redirection service if they are moving house.
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