People who reach state pension age may no longer be eligible to claim some DWP benefits. State Pension provides essential financial support for around 12.4 million people across the UK.
The official retirement age in the UK is currently 66. Your State Pension age is the same as your Pension Credit age unless you are a man born before December 6, 1953.
For anyone approaching the official age of retirement, it is worth noting that your age may affect which benefits you can claim in later life because when you reach State Pension age or Pension Credit age you can start claiming some benefits while others will stop, the Daily Record reports. Your State Pension age is the same as your Pension Credit age unless you are a man born before December 6, 1953. You can check your State Pension age and whether you can start claiming Pension Credit on the ‘Check your State Pension age’ page of the GOV.UK website here.
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Turn2Us has created an essential guide to the benefits you cannot claim from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) when you reach State Pension age or Pension Credit age.
Pension Credit age
When you, or your partner, reach Pension Credit age, you can no longer claim:
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Income Support
- Universal Credit
- State Pension age
- Contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Contributory Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
You cannot make a new claim for Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Adult Disability Payment (ADP) once you have reached State Pension age. But if you were already receiving DLA, PIP, or ADP, you can renew the claim even though you are over State Pension age.
This can only be done as long as you are claiming for the same health conditions that you received the award for and your last claim ended less than 12 months before you reached State Pension age. The DWP has said that DLA claimants who were born before April 8, 1948 will not be transferred to PIP but those born after that date will be.
Benefits not affected by your State Pension age
You can claim these benefits even if you are over State Pension age:
- Child Benefit (delivered by HMRC)
- Carer’s Allowance – you may not be eligible for the full financial element depending on your income from State Pension
- Guardian’s Allowance
- Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
You can also claim these benefits even if you are over State Pension age, but only if you meet the benefit-specific income threshold:
- Pension Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Council Tax Support
- Support for Mortgage Interest
- Working Tax Credit (HMRC) – you can’t make new claims for this, but if you’re already getting it you can carry on receiving it
- Child Tax Credit (HMRC)- you can’t make new claims for this, but if you’re already getting it you can carry on receiving it
- Help with Health Costs
- Cold Weather Payment – being replaced by new £50 payment in Scotland this winter
- Warm Home Discount Scheme
- Winter Fuel Payment
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Article Source: Kent Live