Credit where its due: ending the £3.5 billion Pension Credit scandal

Document type
Report
Author(s)
Moffett, Gill; Seaman, Emma; Jetha, Natasha
Publisher
Independent Age
Date of publication
26 June 2019
Subject(s)
Older Adults, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Mental health services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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One of the most important safety nets for the poorest older people in society, Pension Credit, is failing. The most recent Government figures show that up to 1.3 million households entitled to this benefit are not receiving it, with a value of up to £3.5 billion.

Pension Credit makes a major difference to the lives of older people, enabling them to afford the very basics and to live with more independence and dignity. This report sets out new analysis that estimates how the shortfall is affecting people across England, Scotland and Wales. There is also an annex providing information by constituency.

The report calls for improving take-up to 75% by the end of 2020, 95% by 2022 and 100% by 2025.

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