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Pension Credit

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

13. To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect on recipients of pension credit of the reduction of the backdating period for the credit. (227684)

The Department published an Equality Impact Assessment in respect of the proposed changes to the time for claiming pension credit from 12 months to three months. The report is available on the Department for Work and Pensions website.

19. To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to increase take-up of pension credit. (227692)

We want every pensioner to claim the benefits they are entitled to which is why we have made claiming more straightforward. Many claims can now be made in one phone call with no forms to fill in and we are always looking at ways to make the application process simpler. We have a range of initiatives such as sophisticated data matching to ensure older people are aware of and take up their entitlements.