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Claiming the Pension Credit

The Government has now launched the new Pension Credit, which aims to provide more financial help to pensioners. However, the take-up of Pension Credit remains very low, less than 40% at the turn of the year. John Barrett MP’s constituency office is now well stocked with application packs which can be sent out on request. If you would like a pack, please phone 339 0339.

John Barrett said: “I would much rather have seen the Government increase the basic state pension rather than introduce the pension credit. However, this fact is this money is available and I would encourage pensioners to apply.”

If you are an Edinburgh West constituent you can collect an application pack from the constituency office or order a copy using the online form.

John also has a Fair Deal for Pensioners Campaign and petition.


Further information

News items

Barrett calls for action on Equitable Life injustice, 12 May 2009
Christmas comes late for over 6,500 Edinburgh pensioners, 18 March 2009
Barrett calls for ‘fair deal’ for pensioners, 28 October 2008
Barrett issues fuel poverty warning - 80% of single pensioners will suffer, 16 October 2008
Barrett calls for Government action to help pensioners hit by inflation pinch, 09 October 2008
Barrett seeks Treasury assurances for Edinburgh victims of Equitable Life, 08 October 2008
Government windfall at expense of pensioners, 24 September 2008
Benefit changes penalise vulnerable pensioners, 20 August 2008
Cheque payments for pensions and benefits must continue, 15 July 2008
Barrett calls for immediate restoration of earnings link to pensions, 05 June 2008
Barrett welcomes pensions U-turn, 17 December 2007
Means-testing will undermine pensions reform, 05 December 2007
Barrett calls for an end to pensions injustice, 17 July 2007
£1 million worth of digital charges to hit city pensioners and disabled, 20 June 2007
Barrett urges pensioners to claim benefits, 13 June 2007
Pension credit failing Scotland’s pensioners, 29 March 2007
Barrett calls for fairer, greener budget from Brown , 20 March 2007
Barrett backs pensioners’ victory, 21 February 2007
42% of eligible pensioners still missing out on pension credit, 01 February 2007
50,000 Edinburgh residents entitled to digital TV support, 25 January 2007
European ruling gives hope for pensions compensation, 25 January 2007
Pensions’ system in desperate need of reform, 16 January 2007
Barrett calls for united front against post office closures, 10 January 2007
Barrett calls for helping hand to ward off winter chill, 18 December 2006
Pensions white paper unlikely to provide a long-term settlement for pensions, 25 May 2006
Missed pensions credit target underlines need for fundamental pensions reform, 11 May 2006
Barrett launches major new Post Office campaign, 07 April 2006
Barrett demands debate after Labour let down 20,000 Edinburgh Post Office users, 28 February 2006
Barrett attacks Government over latest Post Office let-down, 15 February 2006
Second CSA review in a year is beyond absurd, 09 February 2006
Pensioners paying £4,680 million too much council tax under Labour, 01 February 2006
Disabled should get winter fuel payments, 03 January 2006
Barrett welcomes 11th hour climbdown on tax-breaks for second homes, 05 December 2005
Over 10,000 women across Edinburgh to lose out on £200 council tax repayments, 07 November 2005
Over a quarter of pensioners across Edinburgh missing out on pension credit, 31 October 2005
Government failing to prevent pensions crisis – Barrett, 25 October 2005

Speeches and articles

State Pension and Benefits, 28 October 2008
Pensioner Poverty , 17 November 2004

Pension Credit display

Pension credit display

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