£3.7 million unclaimed - David Drew MP writes to 4,000 Stroud people who may be missing out on Pension Credit

£3.7 million unclaimed - David Drew MP writes to 4,000 Stroud people who may be missing out on Pension Credit

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I’ve written to over 4,000 constituents this week, urging them to make sure they don’t miss out on £3.7 million of government support.

I have been very concerned to learn that so much unclaimed Pension Credit is not reaching older people here in Stroud constituency.

So I’ve been grateful to volunteers who have joined me in the office this week, to help prepare 4,000 letters to older residents here.

Research by the Independent Age charity shows that 2,060 Stroud households receive Pension Credit worth about £50 a week.

But their research also shows that 1,631 Stroud households are not receiving the Pension Credit to which they are entitled and £3,712,000 is left unclaimed.

So, this week I’ve written to more than 4,000 older constituents urging them to make sure they are not missing out on vital financial support. Do look out for my letter if this applies to you, or talk to your older friends and family.

The first batch of letters has been sent, and our team of volunteers are making sure that the rest of the letters should be posted later this week.

Pension Credit is available to anyone of state pension age whose weekly income is below £167.25 or £255.25 for a couple.

It not only brings financial support but, from next year, only people aged over 75 who receive Pension Credit will continue to have a free TV licence after the government broke its promise to protect this benefit.

Pension Credit can also lead to exemption from Council Tax, free NHS dental care, help with the cost of glasses and travel to hospital appointments, Cold Weather Payments, support for carers and more.

To find out if you are eligible, call the government’s Pension Credit claim line on 0800 991 234. I’ve also put together a short guide to Pension Credit, here.

I will continue to oppose any cuts to pensioner entitlements and Labour is committed to extending Pension Credit to hundreds of thousands of women on low incomes who were born in the 1950s.

Retirement should be a time for opportunities (although, of course many people, like me, may still working) but we must make sure that our NHS, our care homes, our community projects and public transport, are properly supported so that everyone is able to engage in society fully.

Volunteers have been hard at work this week, helping David Drew MP to reach 4,000 constituents

Volunteers have been hard at work this week, helping David Drew MP to reach 4,000 constituents


Read David’s letter here:

Dear constituent

Are you missing out on Pension Credit?

Retirement comes with opportunities and challenges. Many of us have more time to do new things, while others face difficult situations such as caring for elderly relatives, supporting adult children or coping with health issues. Or, like me, you may still be working!

Whatever your circumstances, I am concerned that many people of retirement age in the Stroud constituency are missing out on financial support.

Research by the Independent Age charity shows that 2,060 Stroud households receive Pension Credit worth, on average, about £50 a week.

But it also shows that 1,631 Stroud households are not receiving the Pension Credit to which they are entitled and £3,712,000 is left unclaimed.

For over-75s, missing out on Pension Credit also means that, from next year, they will lose their free TV licence after the government earlier this year broke its promise to protect them.

I would really encourage you to check if you are eligible for Pension Credit. If you are, this will not only protect your TV licence, it could also provide:

  • Exemption from Council Tax (unless other people live with you).

  • Free NHS dental care, help with the cost of glasses and travel to hospital appointments

  • Cold Weather Payments of £25

  • Housing Benefit or help with mortgage interest, ground rent and service charges.

  • Carer Premium or Carers Addition, if it’s paid with Pension Credit worth up to £36.85 a week.

To find out if you are eligible, call the government’s Pension Credit claim line on 0800 991 234. It only takes one phone call and you won’t have to fill in a form. I have put together a short guide to Pension Credit (see overleaf) which is also available on my website, daviddrewmp.org.uk. I also enclose a brief newsletter and a short guide with useful phone numbers which I hope will be useful.

I will continue to oppose any cuts to pensioner entitlements, and Labour is committed to extending Pension Credit to hundreds of thousands of women on low incomes who were born in the 1950s.

I will continue to fight – not only for the TV licence but also for our NHS, our care homes, our community projects and better public transport, to make sure that the rights of older people are protected so that everyone is able to engage in society fully.

If by any chance our information is incorrect and this letter does not apply to you, please accept my apologies and pass it on to a family member who may find it useful.

What is Pension Credit? David Drew MP's guide to  claiming

What is Pension Credit? David Drew MP's guide to claiming

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