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Transition from ESA(IR) Support Group - State Pension /Pension Credit

Could someone please advise I am helping a person with there Pension and Pension Credits.

The person has received a letter from the DWP to invite them to apply for there State Pension as will hit the age in a few months time.

However I am very confused on when to apply;

State Pension : - I understand can be applied up to 3 months prior to hitting retirement age.

Pension Credit:- This is the one I am confused about. Can you apply for Pension Credit up to 3 months prior to hitting Pension age or have to hit the age and then apply for it.

I am just concerned and you know what the DWP are like that before anything gets sorted that the current ESA(IR) Support Group payments get messed around with before the person hits pension age  or that they come back and decline Pension Credit as technically is not on State Pension until a few months time.

 When would you advise to apply for the State Pension and then apply for Pension Credit? The person can ill afford to be messed around with money?



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