The facts

  • More than a million pensioners in the UK are not getting the Pension Credit they are entitled to.
  • The Government admits that every year a staggering £3.5 billion earmarked for the poorest pensioners doesn't reach them.
  • An unacceptable number of older people are having to juggle between paying for food or fuel. The average weekly payment for Pensio
  • From our polling, we know that 4 in 5 people think it is the Government's responsibility to ensure that all older people who are entitled to Pension Credit receive it.
  • We also know that 88% of MPs believe that the Government should simplify the Pension Credit system to ensure more older people get the financial help they are entitled to.
  • n Credit could cover both.

Our call

  • Independent Age is calling on the Government to reform Pension Credit to make sure that everyone who is entitled to this money receives it.
  • To achieve this, we want the Government to commit to a target of at least 75% of eligible people receiving Pension Credit by the end of 2020, at least 85% by the end of 2022 and 100% by 2025.
  • To reach these targets, the Government must put in place an ambitious action plan stating improvements that must be made to Pension Credit.

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