Published On: Thu, Mar 14th, 2024

Pension Credit rules for holidaymakers – what to do when going abroad | Personal Finance | Finance

UK pensioners currently claiming Pension Credit should check in with the Department of Work and Pensions before leaving the country, or risk losing the benefit. 

Pension Credit is a benefit for low-earners that are over the state pension and provides financial assistance for living costs as well as other benefits.

The credit tops up pensioners’ weekly income to a maximum of £201.05, rising to £306.85 for couples.

The credit payments will increase to £218.15 per week for single pensioners and £332.95 for couples next month.

Nearly 1.4 million pensioners are currently claiming the benefit which helps with heating bills and housing costs.

Guidance from the DWP on Gov.UK said: “We may pay Pension Credit for up to 4 weeks while you’re temporarily away from Great Britain and we may pay for up to eight weeks if the absence is in connection with a death.

“If the absence is solely in connection with medical treatment or medically approved convalescence, we may pay Pension Credit for up to 26 weeks.

“But you should tell us before you go if you’re going to leave Great Britain for any reason at all, even if you’ll only be away for a short time. This includes if you go to Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.”

According to the OBR 880,000 pensioners are eligible for the credit but are missing out on the passport benefit that provides an average £3,900 a year.

If you feel you are eligible for Pension Credit but are not claiming it you can check using the online Pension Credit calculator or contact the Pension Credit helpline at 0800 99 1234.

If you are currently claiming Pension Credit or are entitled to it then you may also be eligible for support for mortgage payments, a free TV licence for over 75s, NHS dental help, help with heating costs and a discount on Council Tax.

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