Only a few days to go: We’re raising £25,000 to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Pension Credit

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Labour, Birkenhead

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether people making a second claim for pension credit are required to fill in another copy of the application form by which they made their original claim.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Entitlement to pension credit is dependant on the making of a claim. Where an award of pension credit has been made following a claim, and that award is ended, a further claim will be required before the benefit may be awarded again. This will enable up-to-date details of the claimant’s circumstances to be established before a further award is made.

Pension credit may be claimed in writing or by telephone. It is not therefore always necessary for an individual to complete an application form themselves as the initial claim and any subsequent claims may be made by telephone. Where applying by telephone or in writing is difficult for the claimant, it may be possible to arrange a visit in order to take the claim.

Where a claim is made by telephone, but all the information needed to decide the claim is not provided at that time, that claim will be defective. In that case, the person making the claim will be given the opportunity to provide the necessary information, and if that information is provided within one month or a longer period as may be considered reasonable, the claim is treated as if it were made on the original date.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.