An estimated 850,000 pensioner households are entitled to Pension Credit, but do not claim it. Some pensioners think because they’ve got savings or own their home they would not get any Pension Credit. Reaching these people is not always easy, but they may be more open to listening to people they trust. This might include their local community pharmacist as well as others such as staff at the Post Office where they collect their pension.
That’s why the NPA has agreed to share this message from the Minister for Pensions Guy Opperman:
Claims for Pension Credit were up 30 per cent in 2021 compared with 2019. It provides a massive financial boost to vulnerable pensioners: as well as putting extra money directly in their pockets, it also opens up access to other benefits such as help with rent and council tax, heating bills, free NHS dental care and free TV licenses for the over-75s.
More than 1.4 million pensioners across Great Britain currently receive Pension Credit. However, there are still many pensioners – our friends and relatives – not claiming. We want to change this.
As the Minister for Pensions, I’m focused on promoting Pension Credit and we recently launched a new campaign to drive up the number of low-income pensioners getting this extra help.
As part of this campaign, we’re working with stakeholders, broadcasters, and groups right across the board – including the National Pharmacy Association – to help get the word out about this extra financial support, which could be worth up to £3,300 to our loved ones.
We’re also tackling some of the myths that may stop people applying, such as how having savings, a pension, or owning a home could be barriers to receiving Pension Credit, which is not necessarily true.
Similarly, even if someone thinks their reward will be minimal, Pension Credit can still act as a vital gateway to additional support.
And our campaign is not just about reaching older people – we are calling on everyone with retired family and friends to encourage them to check if they qualify and help them make a claim if they do.
So please get involved and help spread the word. We know this matters. Pension Credit makes a difference.