Stockport Pensioners could be entitled to around £1,900 a year in additional pension

More than 3,000 pensioners in Stockport are missing out on a vital element of their pension, whilst the increasing cost of living impacts those on low or fixed incomes.

Latest statistics from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) show more than one-third of eligible pensioners from across Stockport are not claiming Pension Credit with an estimated £5.8 million a year going unclaimed - an average of £1,900 for each eligible person.

Stockport Council is encouraging all those of state pension age to come forward and check their eligibility for Pension Credit.

Residents who want to check whether they are eligible for Pension Credit can contact Stockport Support Hub, who will explain the criteria and provide practical help and support including a home visit to complete an application. Stockport Council is also providing drop-in sessions at libraries and the One Stockport Hub, as well as attending community group meetings to raise awareness, discuss eligibility and arrange home visits.

Cllr Malcolm Allan, Cabinet member for Finance and Resources said: “Some of our Stockport pensioners are really struggling to cope with increasing energy costs and the effect of high inflation on food prices fuel and bills. This is affecting their ability to stay healthy, eat well and keep warm.

We want to do all we can to encourage anyone who is eligible, to receive what they are entitled to and not miss out on essential support. Pension Credit can make all the difference and also opens up access to other support, such as the DWP’s £650 cost of living payment to help people deal with soaring energy prices”.

If you or someone you know in Stockport might be eligible for the Pension Credit, please contact Stockport Support Hub now on 0161 474 1042 or to check your eligibility online go to here. Those who claim before the 18th August could be entitled to an additional one off £650 cost of living payment.