THOUSANDS of pensioners have only days left to qualify for 150 energy bill help heres how to claim it.
It comes as millions of households are eligible for the 150 Warm Home Discount this winter.
The discount is available to households on the lowest but over 850,000 households still need to act to secure the cash.
However, households dont need to apply to get the cash andyoull automatically qualifyif you are receiving certain benefits including pension credit.
Energy suppliers will dish out the discount as long as you were receiving certain benefits on or before Sunday, August 21.
However, if you later launch a successful claim forpension credit, for example, you may still be able to qualify after this date.
This is because your eligibility for certain benefits can be backdated.
For example, successful pension credit claims can be backdated by three months.
So if you make a claim now you could be in the qualifying period for the Warm Home Discount but youll need to do so by Friday, November 18.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), whos overseeing the scheme, will open a Warm Home Discount hotline later this month to let households confirm or query their eligibility.
How do I secure the discount if I missed the deadline?
Theres a trick you can follow to become eligible for the payment even though the deadline has passed.
Pension credit rules all allow first-time claimants to backdate theirbenefit entitlement by three months.
So youll need to launch your claim by Friday, November 18 and then successfully get it backdated to cover the August 21 Warm Home Discount qualifying date.
Thousands are missing out on pension credit so launch claims now
According to the DWP, over 850,000pensionersare missing out on 1.7billion worth of pension credit payments.
These payments can add an extra 3,300 to an average pensioners annual income.
You can start your application up to 4 months before you reachstate pensionage.
Applications for pension credit can be made on the government website or by ringing the pension credit claim line on 0800 99 1234.
Youll need the following information about you and your partner if you have one:
- National Insurance number
- Information about any income, savings and investments you have
- Information about your income, savings and investments on the date you want to backdate your application to (usually 3 months ago or the date you reached State Pension age)
Pension credit tops up your weekly income to 182.60 if youre single or 278.70 if you have a partner.
You may get extra amounts if you have other responsibilities and costs.
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