The welfare system is different for those who have reached State Pension age and there are certain benefits that are exclusively available to retired or older people.
Reaching State Pension age can also affect claims for other benefits and you should get advice to find out your benefit entitlement.
Pension Credit is a means-tested benefit that tops up your income. Benefits, earnings, pension income, and savings over £10,000 will be taken into account when calculating your entitlement to Pension Credit.
More information about Pension Credit, application procedures and contact information can be accessed below:
The State Pension is the main retirement benefit and is based on your National Insurance record. Which rules will apply depends on whether you reached State Pension age before or after 6 April 2016.
More information about the State Pension can be accessed below:
- Understanding and qualifying for new State Pension
- State Pension before 6 April 2016
- Check your State Pension age
- Early retirement - effect on your pension
- Ways to claim State Pension
- Get your State Pension
- Deferring State Pension and what you will get
- Deferring State Pension if you get benefits or tax credits
- Claiming or inheriting a deferred State Pension
- Living or working overseas and the State Pension
- Working beyond pension age
- Northern Ireland Pension Centre
Winter Fuel Payment is an annual award of between £100 and £300 to help older people born before a certain date pay heating bills. Those in receipt of State Pension or certain social security benefits will get this automatically, while anyone else that is eligible will need to make a claim.
More information about Winter Fuel Payment, application procedures and contact information can be accessed at nidirect:
- Winter Fuel Payment
- Who qualifies for Winter Fuel Payment
- Making a claim for Winter Fuel Payment
- Winter Fuel Payment application form
- Notes to help you fill in the Winter Fuel Payment application form
- Winter Fuel Payment - payments and rates
- Winter Fuel Payment - report a change in circumstances
- Winter Fuel Payment Centre