Older residents get Pension Credit advice
Northumberland residents of retirement age are being urged to check their eligibility for Pension Credit before major changes come into place on May 15.
From that date, both members of a couple will need to have reached state pension age to be able to claim Pension Credit. This could mean mixed age couples could potentially lose out on around £7,000 per year.
Mixed age couples already receiving Pension Credit will be unaffected by the change, therefore any couples who are entitled to the benefit but are not yet claiming need to make their claim before May 15.
Coun Veronica Jones, cabinet member for adult wellbeing and health with Northumberland County Council, said: “It’s astonishing that so many residents in Northumberland could be missing out on benefits they are entitled to. For some households, this could be an additional £2,500 a year, or and extra £50 a week.
“We’re working with the Department for Work and Pensions to encourage residents to check if they are eligible for Pension Credit.
“It’s thought that some residents might be deterred by the fear of benefit fraud, but I would encourage anyone who thinks they might be eligible to get in touch with the council to double check.
“Our customer services are always more than happy to help any of our residents.”