This policy briefing highlights the unacceptably low uptake of Pension Credit, a UK-wide means-tested benefit for people over State Pension age and living on a low income.
Pension Credit is a lifeline to older people in financial hardship. As a weekly income top-up, it helps people meet their basic needs, such as buying nutritious food or heating their home. It can be worth more than £3,300 a year and can give people access to other benefits, like Housing Benefit, Council Tax Support, free NHS dental treatment and a free TV licence for those aged 75+.
This briefing shows that up to 850,000 people could be missing out on money they're entitled to. It calls on the government to produce a strategic action plan, setting out the short- and long-term actions needed to get this vital benefit to everyone who needs it.