Jessica Morden Jessica Morden - Labour MP for Newport East, Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons and PPS to Keir Starmer
The charity Independent Age estimates that there are 851 pensioners missing out on the Warm Home Discount in Newport East as they are not in receipt of Pension Credit they are entitled to.
The charity is calling on the government to produce a new written strategy on Pension Credit uptake to tackle this urgent issue and ensure that everyone entitled to Pension Credit receives it alongside the other vital entitlements that accompany it. As part of this, the charity wants to see the government undertake new research into who is missing out on Pension Credit, and consider innovative change including the trialling of auto-enrolment.
Too many people are missing out on benefits they are entitled to – including the Warm Home Discount which is especially valuable during the cold winter months. I agree with Independent Age that the UK Government should create an action plan to increase Pension Credit uptake.
To check if you’re eligible for Pension Credit it’s best to call the Pension Credit claim line on 0800 99 1234 (textphone: 0800 169 0133) or you can also claim online at www.gov.uk/pension-credit/how-to-claim.