Hundreds of thousands of pensioners across England could pocket an extra £299 if they claim Pension Credit.

Those who successfully apply for Pension Credit by next Tuesday (5 March) could also secure a further £299 boost in the form of a Cost of Living payment thanks to backdating rules.

Pension Credit, which averages over £3,900 a year, is there to support with day-to-day expenses for those who have reached State Pension age and are on a low income. While around 1.4m pensioners are already receiving Pension Credit, there are an estimated 880,000 households eligible for the support who are yet to claim it.

For single pensioners, Pension Credit guarantees a minimum weekly income of £201.05; for couples, it’s £306.85. Additional help is also available for those with disabilities or caring responsibilities.

And even small amounts of Pension Credit could open doors to further financial assistance, covering things like housing costs, council tax, and heating bills, as well as potentially the £299 backdated Cost of Living payment.

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