What is Pension Credit?
There are two types of pension credit, Guarantee Pension Credit and Savings Pension Credit.
Guarantee Pension Credit
Guarantee Pension Credit tops up your weekly income to a guaranteed minimum level. The 2020/21 rates are:
- £173.75 for a single person
- £265.20 for a couple.
There are other elements that can be added dependant upon your circumstances:
- £66.95 if you suffer from a severe disability
- £37.50 if you are a carer
The amount you receive will depend upon any savings that you may have.
Savings Credit is extra money if you have savings or your income is higher than the basic State Pension. It is only available to people who reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016.
For 2020/21, you could get up to:
- £13.97 extra per week for a single person
- £15.62 for a couple.
What is Pension Credit Age?
Pension Credit age is due to gradually increase and reached 66 in September 2020. The Gov.Uk State Pension Calculator will help you to calculate when you will reach the qualifying age.
How Can Pension Credit Help Me?
Pension Credit can help you in a variety of ways. If you are in receipt of Pension Credit:
- It is unlikely that you will have to pay any council tax
- You will get a cold weather payment of £25.00 when the temperature is zero degrees or below for 7 consecutive days
- You will get free NHS dental treatment, help with paying for glasses and with hospital travel.
What if my Partner is Pension Credit Age and I Am Not?
If you are a couple and one of you has reached Pension Credit age, you can make a claim for Pension Credit. However, from 15 May 2019 mixed age couples will have to claim Universal Credit.
Where a new claim for Pension Credit would have been made, claimants will be directed to claim Universal Credit. Only the partner of working age will be subject to the work commitment requirements. Mixed age couples where one partner is of working age and who already claim Pension Credit will not be affected.
How Do I Make A Claim?
To claim Pension Credit, you can call the Pension Credit claim line on 0800 99 1234.They will complete a form for you over the phone. It would be helpful if you have the following information ready:
- National Insurance number
- Bank account details
- Information about your income, savings and investments
- Information about your pension (if you have one)
- Partner’s details (if you have a partner).
If you need assistance to make a claim, please contact our Welfare Team on 0300 304 5000 or email the Welfare Team.
For more information about Pension Credits, please visit the Pension Credit page on the gov.uk website.