If you have reached State Pension age and you have a low income, you can claim Pension Credit.
Pension Credit is money paid to you if you have reached State Pension age and you have a low income. It is separate to your State Pension. You can claim it even if you are still working. Pension Credit is not taxed.
Pension Credit is made up of 2 different parts:
- Guarantee Credit is a payment to top up your weekly income if it is assessed as being low.
- Savings Credit is only for people who reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016. Savings Credit is a weekly payment for people who saved some money towards their retirement other than State Pension. This might be savings or a pension scheme.
When you apply for Pension Credit, your income and any savings and investments you have will be assessed. Income includes money from your State Pension, other pensions and earnings through employment.
Some benefits are not counted as income, including:
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- the daily living part of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Adult Disability Payment (ADP)
- Attendance Allowance (AA).
If you have a partner, you must include them on your application. Your partner means someone you:
- are married to or have a civil partnership with
- live with as a couple but you are not married to or in a civil partnership with.
You and your partner both need to have reached State Pension age. Or 1 of you needs to have reached State Pension age and be claiming Housing Benefit for you both.
You can find out what counts as income and whether you are eligible for Pension Credit at gov.uk.
You may be able to get more Pension Credit if you are:
- a carer
- responsible for a child or young person
- responsible for some housing costs.
Housing costs may include ground rent, some service charges, charges for tents and site rents. You may also be eligible for council tax reduction, Housing Benefit or support with mortgage interest.
These extra payments can be affected if you go into hospital or a care home. But this depends on how long you stay. It is important to tell the Pension Service about any changes in your situation.
If any of your care home fees are paid by your local adult social care department, you may have to pay something towards them. Pension Credit usually counts as income when they work out how much you must pay towards your care home fees.
The amount depends on where you live and whether you have a partner or not.
We have more information about getting help with housing costs.
If you are eligible for Pension Credit, you can usually get other benefits and financial support. You can usually get them even if you do not claim Pension Credit itself. Other support includes:
- a free TV licence if someone in the house is aged 75 or over
- help with NHS dental care, glasses and towards travel costs for hospital appointments.
The level of help you get depends on what type of Pension Credit you are getting.
If you live in England, Scotland or Wales, you can:
- call the Pension Credit claim line on 0800 99 1234
- use textphone 0800 169 0133
- claim online at gov.uk or get a claim form from your local Citizens Advice.
If you live in Northern Ireland you can:
- call 0808 100 6165
- use textphone 0808 100 2198
- apply online or download a claim form from nidirect.gov.uk
Below is a sample of the sources used in our Pension Credit information. If you would like more information about the sources we use, please contact us at email@example.com
GOV.UK. Pension Credit: Overview. Available at: www.gov.uk/pension-credit (accessed March 2023)
MoneyHelper. Pension Credit: what is Pension Credit? Available at: www.moneyhelper.org.uk/en/pensions-and-retirement/state-pension/pension-credit (accessed March 2023)
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