Benefits you may be able to claim

Support for those over the state pension age

State Pension 

State Pension is a regular payment you can get if you have reached State Pension age and made enough National Insurance contributions or are treated as though you have made enough because, for example, you were caring for any children. 

Find out more about the State Pension and whether you are eligible on the State Pension page

The age at which you reach State Pension age is gradually changing for some people, but if you are close, or have reached State Pension age, there is additional help you may be eligible for.  

Find out when you will reach State Pension age on the website   

Pension Credit 

Pension Credit is a regular payment you may be able to get if you have reached Pension Credit age and are on a low income. 

Find out more about Pension Credit on the Pension Credit page 

Over 80 Pension 

Over 80 Pension is a regular payment you may be able to get if you are 80 or over and get little or no State Pension. You do not need to have paid National Insurance contributions. You cannot get the over 80 pension if you reached the State Pension on or after 6 April 2016. 

Find out more about the Over 80 Pensions on the Over 80 Pension page 

Survivors Benefits 

Survivors Benefits - including War Widow(er)'s Pension - include one-off and regular payments you may be able to get, whatever age you are, if your spouse or partner died as a result of service in HM Armed Forces. 

Find out more on the War Widow Pension Pension page 

Winter Fuel Payment 

Winter Fuel Payment is a yearly winter payment you may get if you are 60 or over.  

Find out more on the Winter Fuel Payment page 

Cold Weather Payment 

Cold Weather Payment is a winter payment you may get if you are getting certain income-related benefits (such as Pension Credit) and it is very cold in your area for some time. 

You do not need to claim Cold Weather Payment, you should get it automatically if you are eligible. 

Find out more on the Cold Weather Payment page   

Freedom Pass 

A Freedom Pass can give you free travel on almost all public transport in London if you are older or disabled. 

Find out more on our Freedom Pass page 

Find out if you’re eligible on the London Councils Freedom Pass eligibility page 

Health costs 

You can get free prescriptions and sight tests. 

Find out more on the NHS help with health costs page