One of the most important safety nets for the poorest older people in society - Pension Credit - is failing. The most recent Government figures show that up to 1.3 million households entitled to this benefit are not receiving it, with a value of up to £3.5 billion.
Pension Credit makes a major difference to the lives of older people, enabling them to afford the very basics and to live with more independence and dignity. This report sets out new analysis that estimates how the shortfall is affecting people across England, Scotland and Wales. There is also an annex providing information by constituency.
The report highlights the lack of ambition from Government, and calls for a clear commitments to be made to increase the number of eligible people receiving Pension Credit. The statistics used in this report are based on the 2016-17 figures for Pension Credit take-up.
Independent Age is calling on the government to reform Pension Credit and put more money in the pockets of older people.
Find out more about our Credit Where It's Due campaign.