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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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