Angus MP Dave Doogan is urging all pensioners on low-incomes to make sure they’re signed up for Pension Credit to ensure they receive a special cost of living grant.
As the cost of living crisis continues Dave Doogan MP warned households could miss out on the vital payment if they don’t apply soon.
In May 2022, the UK Government originally announced a Cost-of-Living Payment to be paid to those in receipt of Pension Credit and other qualifying benefits. To be eligible for the payment, an older person must have been entitled to a Pension Credit payment (or later found to be entitled to a payment) between 26 August and 25 September.
Applications for Pension Credit can be backdated by three months – those who begin the claiming process by Sunday 18 December and are successful can be eligible for the second Cost-of-Living Payment of £324.00.
Applicants can begin their application 4 months before they reach pensionable age and apply anytime afterwards and can do so online, by post, or over the phone.
Commenting Dave Doogan MP said:
“As the Tory-made cost crisis continues to ravage household finances, more and more people are set to see a reduction in their living standards, especially those on lower incomes.
“Increasing food bills, rents, mortgage payments and energy prices are heaping misery on families, and pensioners especially this winter.
“Pension Credit is money to which people are entitled, and I would urge all low-income pensioners here in Angus to make an application today.
“Organisations such as Welfare Rights and Citizens Advice Scotland can assist with applications and appeals, and the extra cash can go a long way in alleviating some of the stress and worry over the colder months.”