Robert Halfon MP welcomes campaign to boost take up of pension credit in Harlow 

News / Sat 14th May 2022 am31 06:25am

ROBERT Halfon MP welcomed a new Conservative campaign to boost the take-up of Pension Credit in Harlow as part of wider support with the cost of living.

Pension Credit is a top up for the most vulnerable pensioners that is worth an average of £3,300. As well as a cash top up to the State Pension, it acts as a passport to a suite of other benefits such as help with housing costs, council tax reduction schemes, heating bills and a free over-75s TV licence.

There are already around 1,900 claimants of Pension Credit in Harlow but around 25 per cent of people who could claim the extra help do not currently do so.

To help, the Conservative Government has launched a major campaign to encourage eligible pensioners, as well as those who care for, and support older people, to access the help they are entitled to.

Commenting, Robert Halfon said:

“I have worked hard to secure a fair deal for pensioners and I am pleased that since 2010, the state pension has increased by £2,050. Following last year’s Autumn Budget, I voted to increase the state pension further this year, by the rate of inflation, or 2.5%, whichever is higher at the time – the so-called ‘double lock’.

“Whilst it is good that almost 2,000 pensioners in Harlow already claim the Pension Credit, I would encourage everyone eligible to ensure they apply to access the help and additional financial support they are entitled to.

“I will continue to work hard to secure a fair deal for pensioners and increase the state pension rate year on year.”

Commenting, Minister for Pensions, Guy Opperman, said:

“Pension Credit provides a vital income ‘top up’ for some of our most vulnerable pensioners – worth more than £3,300 on average.”

“The good news is the latest figures show take-up is at the highest level since 2010 and around 1.4 million pensioners currently receive it. But there is much more to do to reach those who could claim but don’t.”

“That’s why I’m working hard to ensure everybody knows where to get extra help to which they are entitled.”

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2 Comments for Robert Halfon MP welcomes campaign to boost take up of pension credit in Harlow :

2022-05-14 12:22:07

No Robert, you don’t work hard for Pensioners, that’s why you voted to renege on your Election manifesto promise against the triple lock. Now you want us to claim pension credit, If you had not lied at election time we wouldn’t need pension credit. By the way not every one qualifies for it .

2022-05-14 19:35:36

I totally agree with you David. Not everyone is able to claim Pension Credit because they are just over the limit. Robert perhaps you should fight to reinstate the triple lock.

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