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 www.gov.uk/pension-credit.
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.