Services, benefits, and savings available for people of a pensionable age.
The Winter Fuel payment is automatically given to people who are in receipt of the state pension or who receive a social security benefit (not Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Child Benefit or Universal Credit). The payment is to help with winter fuel bills, and is normally made between November and December.
How much you get depends on your circumstances during the qualifying week. The qualifying week for winter 2022 to 2023 is 19 to 25 September 2022:
You may be eligible for the Cold Weather Payment if you are in receipt of any benefits of the following:
The payment is made if the temperature falls below zero degrees celsius for 7 consecutive days or more, between November and March:
If you are of pensionable age, and you live in the East Riding, you may be entitled to a national bus pass. This allows you to use bus services free of charge, between 9.30am and 11pm Monday to Friday, and at all times on Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays.
If you are aged 60 or over, you can purchase a senior railcard and receive a third off all rail fares to travel across Britain. The discount includes all standard and first class anytime, off-peak and advance fares across the national rail network.
If you're on a low income and over State Pension age, you may be eligible for Pension Credit. Pension Credit tops up:
If your income is higher, you might still be eligible for Pension Credit if you:
You can start your application up to 4 months before you reach State Pension age. After you reach State Pension age applications can only be backdated by 3 months:
If you are over 75 and getting Pension Credit, you are entitled to a free TV licence:
Pension Wise is a government service that offers free, impartial guidance about your pension options. An appointment with Pension Wise is free and will help you understand what your overall financial situation will be when you retire:
MoneyHelper, the government's financial guidance service, provides a selection of useful guides on pensions and retirement:
Age UK are a national charity who provide support and advice for older people, as well as campaigning for their rights and care:
Stop Loan Sharks investigates and prosecutes illegal money lenders and provides support for borrowers. If you think you, or someone you know, is paying money to a loan shark or an illegal money lender you can: