Why is this important?
Depending on your income and capital, you may be entitled to Pension Credit as well as your private pension or State Retirement Pension. If you pay rent for your accommodation, you may also be entitled to Housing Benefit. If you have to pay council tax, you may also be entitled to Council Tax Reduction. Most pensioners are entitled to a Winter Fuel Payment automatically every year and pensioners on Pension Credit will be paid Cold Weather Payments if it gets very cold. If you are disabled, you may be entitled to Personal Independence Payment if you are under 65 or Attendance Allowance if you are 65 or over.
As a pensioner you may be entitled to free health costs, for example, free prescriptions. If you are 75 or over you can get a free television licence.
For more information about benefits for people of pension age, including Pension Credit, see Benefits for older people.
For more information about pensions, see Pensions.
For more information about Housing Benefit, see Help with your rent - Housing Benefit.
For more information about Council Tax Reduction, see Help with your council tax – Council Tax Reduction.
For more information on benefits if you are sick or disabled, see Benefits for people who are sick or disabled.
For more information on help with health costs, see Help with health costs.
For more information on free television licences, see Television licences.