If you require any further information on pensions, you may find the following internet links useful:
To trace an old pension you have lost track of call the Pension Schemes Registry: 0191 225 6316 from Monday to Friday 0900-1700 GMT
Or use the online service:
Pensioners / campaigning groups
If you would like to apply for pension credit, you can do so by calling: 0800 99 1234.
The line is open from 0800-2000 BST, Monday to Friday; and 0900-1300 BST on Saturday.
If you have speech or hearing difficulties, the textphone number is 0800 169 0133.
When you call, you will need your National Insurance number, and information about any income, savings and investments.
Pension Credit will be paid from October 2003. As long as you apply before October 2004, your money will be backdated.
Age Concern has a free information line: 0800 009966.
The Help the Aged senior line is: 0808 800 6565.
Lines are open Monday to Friday 09:00 BST- 16:00 BST. (Call 0808 808 7575 in Northern Ireland). (0800 26 96 26 for textphone users).