31 October 2022
Bridgen calls on Government to promote uptake of pension credit

Andrew Bridgen calls on the Government to do more to increase the uptake of pension credit, so that more vulnerable elderly people will be eligible for cold weather payments.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

I welcome my right hon. Friend to his new position. Will he tell the House what progress his Department is making to increase the uptake of pension credit, which means that more vulnerable elderly people will be eligible for cold weather payments?

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Mel Stride)

My hon. Friend is right to raise this very important benefit, pension credit. He will be aware that the Department has been fully engaged in encouraging pensioners who will qualify to take up this benefit, and it is important that they do, because it is worth more than £3,000 a year and it is a gateway benefit for other benefits in turn. I pay tribute to the Minister of State, my hon. Friend the Member for Hexham (Guy Opperman), who has done a great deal to push greater uptake, including a week of effort back in June when the uptake increased by 275% in that week.

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