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Older people benefits in Northern Ireland

There are a number of welfare payments available to retired and older people living in Northern Ireland.

State Pension

The State Pension is a benefit for people of state pension age that is based on their national insurance contributions. You do not have to have stopped working in order to get State Pension.  For futher information please visit Border People – Pensions in Northern Ireland

Winter Fuel Payments

The Winter Fuel Payment is a tax-free payment for older people. Winter Fuel Payment is paid every year over the winter months to help with your fuel costs.  However, it does not matter how you use the money.  For further information please visit – Border People – Winter Fuel Payment

Christmas Bonus

If you are getting State Pension or Pension Credit, you will be entitled to a Christmas Bonus. This is usually  £10 a year. In some cases, you can also get a bonus for your partner.  For further information please visit – – Christmas Bonus

Pension Credit

Pension Credit is a benefit for people over sixty. It is based on the amount of money that you have coming in. It  is made up of guarantee credit and savings credit. The guarantee credit tops up your weekly income to a guaranteed level. The savings credit is for people who have a small amount of their own income or savings. You may be entitled to the guarantee credit or the savings credit, or both.  You can claim Pension Credit whether or not you are still working.  You do not need to have paid any national insurance contributions.  For further information please visit – – Understanding Pension Credit

Free travel

Free Travel is available to all Senior Citizens who are 60 years of age or over and who are resident in Northern Ireland (you must have been resident in NI for a minimum of 3 months to be eligible).  For further information please visit Border People – Free Travel Scheme for senior citizens in Northern Ireland

Free Television Licence

If you are aged 75 or over you will be entitled to a free TV licence. It does not matter if there are other people living in your house who are younger than 75. For further information please visit – – Free TV licences

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

You may be able to get Disability Living Allowance if you are aged under 65 and you have needed help with personal care or had walking difficulties because of a physical or mental disability for three months and you are likely to need this help or have these difficulties for at least another six months.  For further information please visit – – Disability Living Allowance

Attendance Allowance (AA)

Attendance Allowance is a tax-free benefit for people with disabilities aged 65 or over who need care  For further information please visit – – Attendance Allowance

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Page last checked: February 2016

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