Despite working all her life, she retired with no savings and a basic state pension which meant living on the breadline. Luckily, several people told her to apply for Pension Credit and she was successful, although it was 8 weeks before she received her first payment.
Pension Credit has transformed Eleanor’s life. As she receives Pension Credit, Eleanor also gets free prescriptions and NHS eye care, giving her more money to live on and a better quality of life.
Eleanor is supporting Independent Age’s Credit Where It’s Due campaign because she wants to see the life changing difference that Pension Credit made to her life benefit all pensioners.
Independent Age is calling on the government to end the Pension Credit scandal and commit to targets to increase the number of people claiming Pension Credit. Independent Age wants the government to commit to a 75% take-up target by 2020 and an Action Plan to make necessary changes to Pension Credit.
77% of MPs agree that it is the government’s responsibility to ensure that all older people who are entitled to Pension Credit are receiving it. Make sure your MP is one of them – write to them today