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Are you over 66? If so, don’t miss out on pension credit

If you’re over 66 years old, you’ll be glad to know that the government is topping up your weekly state pension payments this autumn - but you have to apply for it by Thursday 18 August.

To help with the rise in the general cost of living, pensioners will be given a pension credit of up to £650.

Anyone of state pension age, on a low income or on housing benefit can apply for pension credit.

How is the pension credit top-up calculated?

The pension credit top-up is based on your income (and your partner’s income if it’s a joint application).

Your income includes:

  • Earnings from self-employment or employment
  • State pension
  • Other pensions
  • And most social security incomes including carer’s allowance.

If you receive disability allowance or any related carer’s benefits, you will get a bit extra.

What if I don’t currently get pension credit?

You can apply for pension credit on the UK Government website at

You can use the pension credit calculator to find out how much you will receive when you make your claim.

Before you start your application make sure you have:

  • You and your partner’s National Insurance number
  • Your income and pension details
  • Information on any savings and investments.

Note: If you’ve already applied, you should have received £325 in July with the next £325 due this month.

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