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Can I get an Increase in Pension Credit?

baggeerabaggeera Member Posts: 1 Listener
edited February 2019 in PIP, DLA and AA
I currently get £239 mobility monthly enchanted rate & 229-30 disability at standard rate can i get an increase in pension credit savings part

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  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Posts: 2,882

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,164 Disability Gamechanger
    baggeera said:
    I currently get £239 mobility monthly enchanted rate & 229-30 disability at standard rate can i get an increase in pension credit savings part
    Hi,

    That will depend on your circumstances. Do you live alone or classed as living alone and does anyone claim carers allowance for looking after you?
    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.
  • YadnadYadnad Posts: 2,856 Member
    baggeera said:
    I currently get £239 mobility monthly enchanted rate & 229-30 disability at standard rate can i get an increase in pension credit savings part
    Not on the savings part. Being in receipt of those benefits will increase the appropriate amount that you need to live on .but then that depends on who else lives in the home and what benefits they get.
  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @baggeera, and a warm welcome to the community!
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    baggeera,
    To get the savings credit of pension credit depends on lots of circumstances, including you, and your partner if you live with one, being over 65 before 6 April 2016 (or having a partner over 65 on that date and already getting savings credit since that time). You have to have qualifying income which is over the savings credit threshold, but not so much to produce a nil result. If you're already getting it, and there's a change in the award of disability benefits, then it is possible that could change your savings credit, but the calculation is complicated and also depends on what other income you have.

    The main thing to do here is to make sure that pension credit know about your PIP/DLA award if they don't already. It's possible your disability benefit could alter your pension credit calculation (the guarantee credit part), and that in turn can have an effect on the savings credit calculation. However, as Yadnad and Poppy have explained, you'd need to live alone (or be living only with a partner who also got disability benefits) and not have anyone getting carer's allowance or the carer's element of universal credit for you, in order to get the extra amount in your guarantee credit calculation.

    You can check your pension credit amount here.

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