Ageing in Manchester Help for older people

Help for older people 

Retirement age

In the UK, the official age of retirement is 66. Unless you are a man born before December 6 1953, your State Pension Age is the same as your Pension Credit age.  
 
When you reach State Pension age or Pension Credit age you should check the benefits you can claim from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) . 

Things you can't claim

When you or your partner reach Pension Credit age, you can no longer claim: 

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance 
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) 
  • Income Support 
  • Universal Credit 
  • Contribution-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) 
  • Contributory Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) 

Things you can claim

There are benefits you can claim even if you are over State Pension age: 

There are also benefits you can claim (once you're over State Pension age) if you meet the benefit-specific income threshold. These are:

Other support 

The NHS website has general health and wellbeing advice about how to stay well in winter

For emergency home repairs such as no heating, if you're over 60 and / or in receipt of benefits, see what Manchester Care and Repair can help you with. 

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