DWP won’t contact those who’ll lose out on the state pension – to nobody’s surprise

161110-dwpThis is saying the DWP won’t tell people they can no longer receive pensions based on their husband or wife’s NI record, nor will it tell people who reached pension age in April that it won’t be uprated in line with inflation.

This is no surprise, considering that Department’s habitual ill-treatment of benefit claimants, many of whom living in constant suspense as to whether they are still in receipt, because they never receive notification in the post.

This Writer’s own partner, Mrs Mike, was among the latter cohort a few years ago, when the DWP closed her claim for ESA without even mentioning to her that this was likely.

Apparently there was a notification on her file, not to contact her. The identity of the person who put that comment there remains a mystery to this day.

The message is clear: If you fit the criteria, check what you’ll be getting, and if it’s not what you’re expecting, make sure the DWP sorts it out.

Don’t let these bureaucrats take your cash without a fight.

State pension changes have not been communicated by the Department for Work & Pensions’ to those who will lose out the most, a report into the introduction of the new state pension has claimed.

According to the National Audit Office’s 54-page report, called Department for Work & Pensions: Introduction of the new state pension, the DWP’s attempts to “improve people’s understanding of their state pension have had limited success so far”.

The report from the NAO stated it was not yet clear whether the simplification of the state pension will support wider pension reforms, and warned although the rule changes “mean some people will gain while others lose out”, the losers have not received appropriate communication from the DWP.

The DWP had agreed earlier this year to write to more than 100,000 people within nine years of state pension age and whose national insurance record suggested they would not meet the 10 years’ minimum qualifying period for the new state pension.

However, the NAO said the DWP had “rejected” the Work & Pensions select committee’s recommendation to write to two further groups “adversely affected” by the new state pension.

According to the report: “These were people, largely women, who are no longer able to derive pensions based on their spouse’s national insurance record; and people reaching state pension age from 6 April 2016, who are eligible for guaranteed minimum pensions, which the government will not longer uprate through the state pension to take account of inflation.”

Source: DWP won’t contact state pension losers – FTAdviser.com

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4 thoughts on “DWP won’t contact those who’ll lose out on the state pension – to nobody’s surprise

  1. Dez

    Yes the DWP has become very cold and depressingly government skewed in their thinking. I believe a lot of this anti population attitude leads directly to their leadership style and manners. During my working life I have seen many leaders come and go and I have always noticed that the leadership style trickles down to the rank ‘n file and they adopt and reflect that leadership attitude as being the required way of working….good or bad. I regret over the last years DWP has become depressingly bad and that the whole department needs a good kickin and get some much needed customer relations training back out there….fast.

  2. casalealex

    I am sick, and tired, of the rhetoric of calling pensions a benefit. As far as I remember, I paid NI when I worked with the understanding that this was what would pay for my ‘old age’ pension….just saying….

    1. Brian

      Your right, what would we say should a weekly mandatory deduction be taken by say, Royal London Ins for a pension. Only to be informed, without regret, that they have spent all the money on ‘Business Expenses’, so the amount you were told you would get is now impossible. However, if you think this is bad, wait for the response off those who are now paying the ‘additional’ workplace pensions, when they are defrauded by the government, (if these Tory criminals are still around). One other point, is this not doubly against contract law, as many will have applied for a pension computation, that will now not stand. Seems a test case is due!

  3. Lesley King

    This is a money go round and anyone who uses this tenure will already have been brought up within the system. Every time a transaction take place tax is payed and the value or debt increases known as a rollover in the lottery community to with hold payment while encouraging students to take out loans and for to the DWP to now be moving the goal posts while securing there own future beggers belief.

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