Selaine Saxby

New campaign to encourage people to take up pension credit

Joseph Bulmer

Selaine Saxby MP has welcomed a new campaign from the Government to boost the take up of Pension Credit in North Devon, giving more people the security of savings in later life

There are already around 2,458 claimants in North Devon, but more people are eligible for an average of £3,300 a year in extra support. It is estimated that around 25 per cent of people who could claim the extra help do not currently do so.

Nationwide, the Government has driven take-up of Pension Credit to the highest level since 2010 but now wants to reach the 850,000 people who could still benefit but have not yet applied.

Pension Credit is a top up for our most vulnerable pensioners that is worth an average of £3,300. As well as a cash top up to the State Pension, it is a passport to a suite of other benefits such as help with housing costs, council tax reduction schemes, heating bills and a free over-75s TV licence.

Pensions Minister, Guy Opperman, has written to local newspapers across the country and the Department for Work and Pensions will send leaflets to 11 million pensioners.

Pension Credit can be claimed online, by telephone or by post. Information is available on Gov.UK website or by calling the Freephone Pension Credit claim line on 0800 99 1234.

Commenting, Selaine said: “Sitting on the Work and Pensions Select Committee we scrutinise the Government and its Ministers over the level of support and how it is delivered.

“We have recently heard evidence that some pensioners find the term ‘pension credit’ off putting, and I very much hope any pensioners in North Devon who hasn’t checked recently does to ensure they are getting everything they can at this time of an increase in the cost of living.

“With bills rising, especially energy bills it is important that people do claim what help is out there and we do need to reach the up to 25% of pensioners out there who are missing out on Pension Credit.

“That is why the Conservative Government has launched a major campaign to encourage eligible pensioners, as well as those who care for and support older people, to access the help they are entitled to. Please do check if you are eligible.”

Commenting, Minister for Pensions, Guy Opperman, said: “Pension Credit provides a vital income ‘top up’ for some of our most vulnerable pensioners – worth more than £3,300 on average.”

“The good news is the latest figures show take-up is at the highest level since 2010 and around 1.4 million pensioners currently receive it. But there is much more to do to reach those who could claim but don’t.”

“That’s why I’ve written to local newspapers across the country, produced leaflets for 11 million pensioners and will be holding a Media Day in June to ensure everybody knows where to get extra help to which they are entitled.”