He continued: “We’re calling on everyone with retired family, friends and loved ones to check in with them and see if they can get this extra financial support, which could make a huge difference to people’s everyday lives.”
Martin Lewis, founder and chair of MoneySavingExpert.com, said: “Amidst the cost of living crisis, it’s a national tragedy that getting on for a million pensioners are missing out on a major income boost.
“My simple rule of thumb is if you (or someone you know) are aged 66 or older, and have total income of under roughly £200 a week, get online or call the Pension Credit claim line to see if you’re due a payment that can be as much as £3,300 a year.
“I’m not saying everyone will get it, but many will, and it only takes a few minutes to find out. So don’t stall, just call.”