This week over 11.6million pensioners across the United Kingdom have started to receive payments of up to £600 to help with their energy bills.
Some pensioners receive a ‘top-up’ through Pension Credit worth more than £3500 on average. Although take up is at its highest since 2010 with around 1.4million pensioners receiving it too many are still missing out.
Pension credit can also open up support in other ways such as with housing costs, council tax and a free over-75s TV licence.
Local MP, Andrew Jones, is encouraging pensioners in Harrogate and Knaresborough to check their eligibility for Pension Credit. Mr Jones said: “Pension Credit claims can be backdated three months but the next qualifying period ends on 18 December. it is easy to claim and can be done online or by calling the Pension Credit hotline.
“The cost of living is going up; we all know this. The Government has taken action and I want to ensure that everyone gets all the help they can. That’s why I urge pensioners to claim their Pension Credit if they are eligible.”
Details of how to claim can be found here.