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Pensions

Older, wiser and reaping rewards

Many benefits remain unclaimed. To make sure you are getting everything you’re entitled to, use a benefit checker like this one.

How can I check I’m getting the right pension, benefits and credits?

Over one million pensioners are losing out on pension credits. If you want to check you’re getting the pension you’re due, call the Pensions Service on 0800 731 7898

Council Tax and Housing Benefit is dealt with by your local council, so check with them about whether or not you are eligible for help

If you have a disability or are a carer, you should contact the Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 232 1271 or Carers UK

Other help

There is some additional help available for older people. Here are a couple – if you know of any others let us know and we’ll share it:

  • Winter Fuel Payments

If you were born on or before 5 October 1954 you could get between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’. For more info click here

  • Free and discounted travel

If you live in London and you’re over 60 but not yet retirement age, you can apply for a 60+ Oystercard for free and discount travel