I have been writing to constituents in Edinburgh South to ensure that they know what they are entitled to when it comes to pension credit. Here is what I have sent them:
Pension Credit: Make sure you’re getting what you’re entitled to
This winter has been incredibly difficult for so many in our community. The cost of essentials, like heating and eating, has increased substantially, making it difficult for many households to keep their heads above water. This is especially true for most pensioners, who are on fixed incomes.
With that in mind it is so important that people are receiving what they are entitled to. Analysis by Age Scotland has shown that over 123,000 pensioners in Scotland are eligible for Pension Credit but are not in receipt of it. You could be entitled to Pension Credit if your weekly income is less than £182.60 per week if you are single or £278.70 if you are in a couple. If your income is higher, you might still be eligible for Pension Credit if you have a disability, you care for someone or you have service charges you have to pay.
Pension Credit will also give you access to other help such as: Housing Benefit, Support for Mortgage Interest, a Council Tax Discount and a Free TV Licence (for over 75s). So, it is vitally important that you check if you are in receipt of it.
To apply for Pension Credit please call the Pension Credit Claim line on 0800 99 1234. Alternatively, you can apply via paper form. Please contact my office and we will post one out to you. You can also contact Age Scotland on 0800 12 44 222, who will conduct a free ‘Benefits Review’ to make sure you are getting what you are entitled to.
For a full list of cost saving measures and benefits you may be entitled to, please see details for my Cost of Living Booklet. Again, if you require a hardcopy of this document, please contact my office using the details at the top of this letter.