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Changes to Pension Credit Eligibility

Pension Credit is a means-tested benefit for people who have reached 'state pension credit age' and who have income and capital below a certain amount.

State pension  age for a woman is the age she would reach state pension age and for a man is the age he would reach state pension age if he was a woman. 

Pension Credit has two parts: Guarantee Pension Credit and Savings Pension Credit.

Currently, if you are part of a couple and only one of you is over State Pension age, you can claim Pension Credit as a couple. From 15th May 2019, if only one of you is over state Pension age, you won't be able to claim Pension Credit and will have to claim Universal Credit instead. Therefore we would encourage you to claim before the new rules take effect. 

You can find out about current and future eligibility here