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“It’s the thought that counts” !

Posted by Big John on January 29, 2019

In a couple of weeks I will reach the ‘Big 80!’, and to mark this momentous occasion I have just received a letter from The Pension Service informing me … “Now that you are approaching 80, you are entitled to a higher amount of State Pension”.

What a pleasant surprise !  … “Every little helps” … as the old lady said when she peed in the sea.

Then I read on; only to discover that this old pensionista shouldn’t get too excited about that “higher amount” because … “Age Addition of 25p per week will be payable from your 80th Birthday”.

Wow ! … 25pence a week ! .. Yes, that’s a whole £1 ($1,30) per month ! …

‘Poundland’ here I come !

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2 Responses to ““It’s the thought that counts” !”

  1. Way to go, BJ! Any increase is a nice surprise, and maybe you will get even more when you become 90! Here, in my province, British Columbia, Canada, we are sent a letter just as we turn 80, telling us we will need to have a special eye test by a doctor, and if we fail, they take our drivers’ license away. And they don’t even say “Happy Birthday!”

  2. rummuser said

    Sure it is not some bureaucrat’s way of bringing some sunshine into your life?

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