Benefits for people over pension age
If you are over pension age, you can no longer claim the main working-age benefits intended for people who are out of work or on a low income.
But you will be eligible for State Pension - and if you have a low income you may be able to claim Pension Credit or Housing Benefit. You may also qualify for some disability or carer benefits, depending on your situation.
As well as the main pension-age benefits mentioned below, you should also look at the other types of grants, loans and financial support available to people with Parkinson's.
- A State Pension is available if you're over pension age (this will reach 65 for both men and women by November 2018 and will rise to 66 by 2020). To get a full State Pension, you must satisfy the National Insurance contribution conditions.
- Pension Credit is a means-tested benefit for people who have reached pension age. It can top up your State Pension if you have a low income.
- Housing Benefit provides help with paying rent for people on a low income. It is being replaced for people of working age by Universal Credit but continues to be available for people over pension age.
- People who are over pension age and have a health condition or disability such as Parkinson's, or care for someone who does, may be able to claim Attendance Allowance or Carer's Allowance. See our section on benefits for people with a disability and for carers for more information.