Pension Credit is a means tested benefit paid to a person where they or their partner are of the ‘qualifying age’. For women this is their state pension age (which depends on their date of birth). For men this is what their state pension age would be if they were a woman.
Pension Credit has two elements: Guarantee Credit and Savings Credit. The Guarantee Credit is calculated in a similar way to Income Support but is more generous. The Savings Credit is applicable if you or your partner are aged 65 or over and have a certain level of income and/or savings.
To find out your ‘qualifying age’ for Pension Credit, go to:
To find out if a carer is entitled and how much they could get,
phone The Pension Service on 0800 99 1234 (Textphone: 0800 169 0133)
or go to www.direct.gov.uk/pensions.
Claims can be completed for the carer over the phone, the forms will then be sent out to the Carer to check and sign.