You may be eligible for the following benefits, if you are a pensioner

This is a summary of the main criteria for information only.  Any award will be subject to application and meeting the full eligibility criteria. If you would like more details or need advice, contact the welfare rights team.

This information is correct at the date of publishing on 1 December 2020, but may be subject to change. 

State Pension

This is a regular payment made to you by the Government once you reach state pension age. The amount you receive is dependent on your national insurance contributions. 

Find out more about State Pension

Pension Credit

You may be able to top up your pension if you are on a low income or have little or no savings.

Find out more about Pension Credit

Housing Benefit

This benefit can help towards your rent or housing costs if you are on a low income, out of work or have little or no savings. The amount of Housing Benefit you receive depends on your circumstances.

You may also qualify for a Discretionary Housing Payment to cover any shortfall in your Housing Benefit due to any special circumstances, for example ill health.

Phone the Council's Benefits team on 01620 827730 / 827729 or email

Find out more about Housing Benefit 

Council Tax Reduction

You may qualify for help to pay your Council Tax if you are on a low income, out of work or have little or no savings. The amount of Council Tax Reduction you receive depends on your circumstances.

Apply for Council Tax Reduction

Support for Mortgage Interest

If you are a homeowner and receive Pension Credit, you may be able to get a loan to help towards interest payments on:

  • your mortgage
  • loans you’ve taken out for certain repairs and improvements to your home

Find out more about Support for Mortgage Interest