The quickest way to apply for Pension Credit is by phone.
Pension Credit claim line
Telephone: 0800 99 1234
Textphone: 0800 169 0133
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
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What you need to claim
You will need:
- your National Insurance number
- information about your income, savings and investments
- your bank account details
The earliest you can start your application is 4 months before you reach Pension Credit qualifying age.
You can claim any time after you reach Pension Credit qualifying age but your claim can only be backdated for 3 months.
Appeal a decision
You can appeal the decision about your Pension Credit if you’re unhappy with it.
Check the date on your decision letter. There are different ways to appeal if your decision was made: