Too many pensioners are still not receiving all the support available to them. Pension Credit provides a vital income ‘top up’ for some pensioners – worth more than £3,500 on average.

It’s never been more important to check you are receiving all the support available to you.

A claim for Pension Credit can be backdated up to three months, provided the entitlement conditions are met throughout that time. If you apply before 18th December, you would also be entitled to the second Cost of Living payment.

You can find advice and information online at or the freephone helpline on 0800 99 1234.

Lastly, if you are eligible, and have not received your Winter Fuel Payment by 13 January 2023, you should contact the Winter Fuel Payment Centre on 0800 731 0160.