Here are some examples to show you how Pension Credit people with different circumstances might get.
Amy is 62. She lives in her son's home. The only money she has is her State Pension of £82.05 a week.
Pension Credit will give her £27.40 a week extra. As a result her total weekly income will increase to £109.45. If Amy applied three months after the date of her 60th birthday, she could get about £350.
Balbir and Manju are both 75. Their weekly income is as follows:
State Pension (Balbir) - £82.05
State Pension (Manju) - £82.05
Personal pension (Balbir) - £14.00
Savings of £8,000 (we assume £1 of income for every £500 or part of £500 for any savings over £6.000.) - £4.00
Total weekly income - £182.10
Pension Credit will give them £15.49 a week extra. As a result their total weekly income will increase to £197.59. If Balbir and Manju were eligible for the 12 months before they applied they could also receive a backdated payment of over £800
Betty is 66. She is single and a severely disabled person.Her weekly income is as follows:
State Pension - £82.05
Attendance Allowance (this is not counted as income) - £60.60
Savings of £5,000 (we do not assume any income from these savings as they are less than £6,000): - £0
Total weekly income - £142.65
Pension Credit will give her £72.90 a week extra. (This includes an extra amount of £45.50 because Betty is severely disabled). As a result, her total weekly income will increase to £215.55. Betty could also receive a backdated payment of over £3,700 if she was eligible for the 12 months before she applied for Pension Credit.
Kathleen is 68 and a widow. Her weekly income is as follows:
Late husband's State Pensio - £88.00
Kathleen's work pension - £18.00
Late husband's work pension - £37.00
Savings of £11,500 (we assume £1 of income for every £500 or part of £500 of savings you have over £6,000): - £11.00
Total weekly income - £154.00
Kathleen is not entitled to any extra weekly income from Pension Credit.