The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that more than 1,000 Ukrainian pensioners who recently arrived in the UK are already receiving additional financial support through Pension Credit.
The figures follow emergency regulations laid by the DWP in March this year which enabled Ukrainians to immediately access benefits and other support as soon as they arrived in the UK.
As well as help with daily living costs of up to £182.60 per week for single people and £278.70 for couples, Pension Credit also opens up access to other support, such as help with rent and Council Tax, heating bills, free NHS dental care and free TV licenses for the over-75s.
Minister for Pensions Guy Opperman said: “Our priority is ensuring those arriving from Ukraine can find safety here and get the support they need.
“Pension Credit provides a vital financial boost which is why we’re helping new arrivals apply, with translation services available for phone applications.
“I urge those hosting elderly Ukrainians – and all those across the country with older relatives and friends – to check with them and see if they could be eligible for this extra financial assistance.”