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State Retirement Pensions: Uprating

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 28th January 2019.

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Photo of Eleanor Smith Eleanor Smith Labour, Wolverhampton South West

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to uprate the 25 pence age addition for pensioners over 80 who are currently entitled to it; and whether the Government has any plans to provide further financial assistance to pensioners who are over 80 years old.

Photo of Guy Opperman Guy Opperman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The age addition is paid with State Pension when individuals reach the age of 80. Although there are no plans to uprate the age addition amount, this should be considered alongside the range of other measures and benefits that are available to pensioners over age 80. This includes Pension Credit. People who are aged 80 and over receive a Winter Fuel Payment of £300, instead of the standard Winter Fuel Payment of £200 for pensioners below that age.

Additionally, the non-contributory Category D State Pension is available to those aged over 80 with either no entitlement to a basic State Pension or who are entitled to State Pension of less than £75.50 per week who meet the residency conditions.

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