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Hundreds of thousands urged to check if they’re missing out on £3,500 a year amid ‘relentless’ price rises

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Sunak accuses Labour of hitting pensioners with tax after tax

By Patrick O'Donnell

Published: 15/05/2024

Close to 900,000 Britons are missing out on vital cost-of-living support

McDonald’s announces new burger to kick off summer as fan-favourite item makes a comeback

‘Has the British public lost faith in politics…?’ asks Lord Kulveer Ranger

South West Water contamination: You could be owed compensation – here's how you can check

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Phillip Schofield breaks cover for first time since This Morning axe with new update

Sue Radford fumes 'it's our money!' as Channel 5 star faces backlash to holidays

Harry and Meghan issue statement as their charity receives 'delinquency notice'

Trending on GB News

Britons issued France travel warning as petrol and diesel drivers face huge £155 fine

Some 880,000 pensioners are being urged to check their eligibility for vital benefits support as they could be missing out on an extra £3,500, according to experts.

Hundreds of thousands of older people could be missing out on Pension Credit amid a period of “relentless” prices rises, retirement charity Independent Age claims.


This warning comes following the publication of the retirement benefit’s uptake figure from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The number of people newly receiving Pension Credit was around 27,000 between September and November 2023.

Independent Age is sounding the alarm that this number of new recipients is lower than this time last year.

For 2021/2022, figures from the DWP found that only 63 per cent of eligible pensioners received Pension Credit over this period.

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As such, this could mean that around 880,000 Britons are missing out on £3,500 in cost of living support.

Joanna Elson CBE, the chief executive at Independent Age, described the low uptake for Pension Credit as “unacceptable”.

She explained: “The fact many are still missing out is especially concerning because, during this period, high household costs continued to stretch budgets to breaking point across the country.

“And those who missed out on their Pension Credit entitlement will also have missed out on much-needed cost of living payments.

“Urgent action to increase uptake of Pension Credit must be taken. Costs are still painfully high, and our helpline continues to receive regular calls from anxious older people looking for support.”

The pension expert cited that callers to Independent Age have been forced to make “drastic cutbacks” to survive the cost of living crisis.

This includes limiting the amount of food they eat and washing less in order to save money on expenses.

According to the charity’s chief executive, Pension Credit is currently worth the equivalent of £3,500 annually.

It is also widely known as a “gateway benefit” to other support, including council tax reductions and the Warm Home Discount.

Elson claimed that Pension Credit is needed now more than ever before due to “relentless price rises”.

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The pension expert added: “There are around two million older people living in poverty and entitlements such as Pension Credit are vital tools that can support those living in financial hardship, and in many cases lift people out of poverty.

“We welcome new approaches the DWP has trialled on a small scale and hope to see more efforts like this without delay.

“The UK Government must introduce a Pension Credit uptake strategy that outlines how it plans to target those that are eligible for this transformative support.”

GB News has contacted the DWP for comment.

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