DWP says a million homes are missing out on free £65 handout every week

More than a million UK households are missing out on a weekly £65 payment, according to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Some pensioners believe they are ineligible for Pension Credit due to savings or property ownership, the DWP says.

The department urges those of State Pension age, as well as their loved ones, to check their eligibility for the benefit, worth over £3,000 annually. Two new YouTube videos have been released to help: one for potential claimants and the other for family members.

DWP Minister Laura Trott expressed her desire to increase benefit uptake in the House of Commons: "It is difficult to enrol people automatically on Pension Credit given the data the Government holds. I am, however, keen to see how increased data sharing could be used to produce a larger number of claims."

Individuals who have reached State Pension age will receive a top-up to a minimum income of:

  • £182.60 per week for singles.

  • £278.70 per week for couples.

Those over 65 who reached State Pension Age before April 6, 2016, may still qualify for Pension Credit if their weekly income falls below:

  • £218.80 for singles

  • £319.20 for couples

You can initiate your application up to four months prior to reaching State Pension age. You're allowed to claim any time after you reach State Pension age, but your claim can only be backdated for three months.

This implies that you could receive up to three months of Pension Credit in your initial payment if you were eligible during that period.

You will require:.

  • your National Insurance number

  • details about your income, savings and investments

  • your bank account details, if you're applying via phone or post

  • If you're backdating your claim, you'll need information about your income, savings and investments on the date you wish your claim to commence.

Apply online.

The online service is available if:.

  • you have already claimed your State Pension

  • there are no children or young people included in your claim

To verify your entitlement, ring the Pension Credit helpline on 0800 99 1234 or utilise the Pension Credit calculator here to determine how much you could receive.

More information about Pension Credit can be found on GOV.UK here.

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