Dr Luke Evans, the Member of Parliament for Bosworth, has urged local pensioners to apply for Pension Credit before 18th December as they may be eligible for further cost of living support worth £324.
There are already around 1,750 claimants in Bosworth, but more people are eligible for an average of £3,500 a year in extra support and eligible pensioners could also a receive a backdated Cost of Living Payment if they apply by the 18th of December.
Dr Luke has welcomed a renewed campaign from the Government to boost the take up of Pension Credit in the constituency, helping to ease the increasing cost of living throughout the winter, as it’s found that a quarter of those who could claim this additional support do not currently do so.
Pension Credit is for the most vulnerable pensioners and works as a cash top-up to the State Pension worth an average £3,500 per year.
The scheme can also act as a ‘gateway’ benefit, meaning it opens up additional support measures the individual may be entitled to, such as housing costs, council tax reduction schemes, help with heating bills and a free TV licence for over-75s.
This winter-push follows work by the Government over the summer to raise awareness with those who care for and support older people, to ensure pensioners have access to the help they are entitled to.
Pension Credit can be claimed online or over the phone. Information is available via www.gov.uk/pension-credit or by calling the Freephone Pension Credit claim line on 0800 99 1234.
When applying ensure that you have to hand your National Insurance number, bank details and information about your savings.
Dr Luke Evans, MP for Bosworth, said: “I am glad to see that over 1,750 people across Bosworth are already making the most of this support and claiming Pension Credit, but there are many more who are entitled to further assistance.
“I urge everyone who thinks they, or a loved one, may be eligible to apply before December 18th.
“Pension Credit is the most under-claimed benefit in the UK and as the colder weather sets in it’s vital that people have access to the support which is available.”
Laura Trott, Minister for Pensions, added: “The run up to Christmas is always a busy time, but one thing to make sure that’s on your list over the coming days is to find out whether you or your loved ones could be eligible for Pension Credit.
“Pension Credit can make a real difference and I am determined to make sure this support – worth an average of £3,500 per year – is reaching everyone who needs it.”