Pension Credit: Guy Opperman discusses ongoing scheme
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Pension Credit has been pushed by the DWP today as claimants were reminded they could receive additional support for their energy bills. This guidance came as it emerged that SSE, Ovo Energy, Scottish Power and E.On are all set to raise their prices from October 1.
The DWP explained: “If you get Pension Credit, you could also get help towards your Council Tax, heating bills, housing costs and free NHS dental care.”
It went on to urge retirees to check on their eligibility through the Government’s website or by calling 0800 99 1234.
Pension Credit gives claimants extra money to help with their living costs if they’re over state pension age and on a low income.
However, Pension Credit claimants may also be eligible for the Warm Home Discount Scheme.
The DWP pushed Pension Credit for energy bills (Image: GETTY/PA IMAGES )
The Warm Home Discount Scheme allows eligible claimants to get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2021 to 2022.
On top of this, claimants may be able to get the discount on their gas bill instead if their supplier provides them with both gas and electricity.
The scheme opens up from October 18, 2021 and the money is not paid directly to claimants, it will be applied as a one-off discount on energy bills between October and March.
For people who get the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit, they’ll qualify for the discount if on July 4, 2021 all of the following apply:
- Their energy supplier is part of the scheme
- Their name (or their partner’s) is on the bill
- They or their partner are getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit
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A full list of energy providers who are taking part in the scheme can be found on the Government’s website but the list includes E.on, Ovo, Scottish Power and SSE.
This is important to note as it recently emerged all these companies will be raising their standard variable tariffs from October.
Tom Lyon, a Director of Energy at energyhelpline.com, commented: “News that SSE, Ovo Energy, E.On and Scottish Power are the latest suppliers to announce an above inflation increase to their standard variable tariffs will come as disappointing news for customers on these poor-value deals and will leave many households facing monthly energy bills of more than £100.
“The only way to avoid this price hike is to switch to a fixed energy deal, but consumers must act quickly as every day that passes sees the cheapest deal on the market increase in price.”
Pension Credit can help those on low incomes (Image: EXPRESS)
To be eligible for Pension Credit, claimants must be living in England, Scotland or Wales and have reached state pension age.
Income levels for claimants must also be particularly low.
Pension Credit will top up:
- A claimants weekly income to £177.10 if they’re single
- Joint weekly income to £270.30 if the claimant has a partner
Claims for Pension Credit can be started up to four months before a person reaches their state pension age.
Pension Credit claims can be made online, over the phone or through the post.
When applying, claimants will need to have certain information at the ready which includes their National Insurance numbers and information on their income levels.
Full details on Pension Credit can be found on the Government’s website.