Pensioners may be eligible for 15 ‘freebies’ from DWP – how to secure them

Many older people have a limited income and may be struggling to make ends meet. However, reaching state pension age also opens up entitlement to a range of support. 

Difficulties may be exacerbated for those older people who are on a low income, many of whom could be entitled to Pension Credit.

The payment is designed to assist those who have limited resources, and who are above state pension age.

Pension Credit tops up weekly income to £182.60 for singletons, and £278.70 as a joint weekly income for those who have a parter.

Some may even get extra amounts if they have other responsibilities and costs.

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Another form of assistance for bills comes in the form of the Warm Home Discount which could knock £140 off the cost of electricity in winter months.

Similarly, low income pensioners could be entitled to £25 in Cold Weather Payments, and this year potentially up to £600 to help with heating bills through a Winter Fuel Payment.

Certain pensioners could also get help with housing costs, and there may also be grants available in this regard.

Homeowners can apply for up to £10,000 to pay for a boiler should they need this support.

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When it comes to health entitlements, these individuals can also get free wigs or fabric support provided by the NHS, if needed.

Finally, Pension Credit claimants have been described by the Government as potentially “vulnerable” during the challenging cost of living crisis.

This means most are entitled to the £650 one-off cost of living payment, made in two instalments. 

Britons can apply for Pension Credit using the online service if they have already applied for their state pension.

Alternatively, they may choose to apply by phone or by post.