Get Pension Credit to those who need it, says Alex as he backs Independent Age’s “Credit where it’s due” campaign

Low uptake of Pension credit could mean 1191 older people in Stockton North are missing out on £167,000 worth of Warm Home Discount funding, says Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham as he backs calls from the charity, Independent Age, for the government to create a Pension Credit uptake action plan.

Analysis from Independent Age shows that more than £88.2 million was missed out on last year. Pension Credit has the lowest uptake of eligible recipients out of any social security scheme yet is a useful “gateway benefit” that can help people access a wide range of welfare such as free prescriptions and TV licences for over 75 year olds.

With temperatures below zero in recent days, the Warm Home Discount – a one-off payment of £140 – could provide a lifeline for older people worried about the costs of their energy bills.

Alex said:

“These new statistics from Independent Age show that – during this bitterly cold pandemic winter – it is more important than ever that the government works to get Pension Credit to the people that are missing out.

“This vital entitlement can make a huge difference helping people afford essential supplies and services, like heating their homes or buying healthy food, as we all continue to stay at home to help beat COVID-19.

“I am supporting Independent Age’s campaign to call on the government to commit to ensure those entitled to Pension Credit receive it by creating a comprehensive action plan on uptake.”