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Pension credit

chhayachhaya Member Posts: 1 Listener
my husband has been ill for the past year and now a bit disabled. He was 65 in march 02.03.20 and was wanting yo know if he can apply for pension credit as hes medically been advised not to work

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome,

    To apply for pension credit you must be state pension age and above. As you are a couple the new rules that came out lat year mean that unless your both of state pension age and above then he won't be able to apply for pension credit. Pension credit is a means tested benefit and therefore you would need to claim as a couple.

    May i ask what benefits he or you both are currently claiming at the moment?
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,191 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello and welcome to the community, Poppy has answered your question but maybe as she suggested there may be other benefits you would be entitled to claim based on your circumstances. Poppy is the person to advise but will need you to give her more information to be able to advise.
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,987 Disability Gamechanger
    Eek. The answers so far are incomplete to say the least. 

    Start here to check his state pension age.

    https://www.gov.uk/state-pension-age

    Next issue is whether you have capital and whether you currently receive any means-tested benefits which include a severe disability premium (SDP). 

    Come back to us on those and we’ll go from there. 


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Eek. The answers so far are incomplete to say the least. 



    To be honest, it would have helped if the person had come back to answer the questions i asked. As the questions weren't answered then no further help could have been given and as the question was posted about 2 weeks ago, they may not come back.

    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,987 Disability Gamechanger
    The statement that unless you’re both above pensionable age you won’t be able to claim is not true though @poppy123456. It’s way more complex than that and loads of mixed aged couples absolutely will be able to claim PC.




  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Didn't the rules change for mixed aged couples claiming PC in May 2019? Unless they weren't already claiming it before a certain date?
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • Abdi_ScopeAbdi_Scope Scope Posts: 234 Pioneering
    Hi @chhaya -  how are you getting on ? Were you able to start any processes with pension credit ?
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