Pension Credit is a UK-wide means-tested benefit for people of State Pension age who fall below an income threshold.4 It is a lifeline to pensioners most in need of financial support. As a weekly top-up, it helps to ensure that people in later life do not have to make difficult decisions like choosing between buying food or heating their home. The amount received depends on income, but on average single claimants get £58 a week with couples receiving £80.

Receiving Pension Credit also opens up access to other benefits including Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support, the Warm Home Discount Scheme, NHS dental treatment, vouchers towards glasses, a free television license for people aged 75+ and the Cold Weather Payment.