Pension credit: know your rights

The Mayor wants to reduce the number of older Londoners living in poverty. That's why we want to tell older Londoners about the support available to them.

What support are you eligible for?

You may be eligible for Pension Credit if you are:

  • a single pensioner on less than £167.25 a week
  • part of a couple on less than £255.25 a week

If you reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016 you may qualify for Savings Credit and could get up to:

  • £13.73 per week if you are a single pensioner
  • or £15.35 per week if you are part of a couple

Find out more about Pension Credit.

By claiming Pension Credit you may also be able to get help with your mortgage payments, fuel bills and healthcare costs. If you are renting your home and are receiving Pension Credit, you might be able to claim Housing Benefit to help cover your rent.  
Even if you’re not eligible for Pension Credit, you may still be able to claim other support. For example: Attendance Allowance, Carer’s Allowance and help with energy costs.

Go to your local Age UK service to find out what you are entitled to and to apply.

Changes to eligibility from 15th May 2019

From 15th May 2019, you will no longer be able to claim Pension Credit if you are in a couple and your partner is younger than the State Pension age. Instead, you will have to make a joint claim for Universal Credit.

 Find out more about the changes to Pension Credit eligibility and exemptions

How can Pension Credit help you?

The stories below give real-life examples of how claiming Pension Credit can make a difference.