benjo wrote: »
5.82 To support pensioners more broadly, the level of the full State Pension will rise in line with prices by £4.55 to £95.25 a week in April 2009. For those women whose entitlement is based on their husbands' pension, the full couples' rate increases to £152.30. In addition, in order to provide further support for pensioners during the economic downturn, the Government announces that it will make a payment in the New Year of £60 for each pensioner, equivalent to bringing forward uprating of the basic State Pension from April to January. Around 12.5 million pensioners will benefit. A £60 payment will also be made to 2.5 million individuals who are in receipt of certain other benefits.5 at the bottom of the page (101) it says: 5 Eligibility will be the same as for the annual Christmas Bonus.
To be eligable for the christmas bonus you have to be eligable for one of these benefits for the first full week in December (I am guessing that means in receipt of)
Constant Attendance Allowance
Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
Disability Living Allowance
Incapacity Benefit at the long-term rate
Industrial Death Benefit
Pension Credit - the guarantee element
State Pension (including Graduated Pension)
Severe Disablement Allowance
Unemployability Supplement or Allowance
War Disablement Pension if aged 65 or over
War Widow's Pension
Widowed Mother's Allowance
Widowed Parent's Allowance
Also you must be resident in the UK, Channel Isles, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, any EU country, or Switzerland.
dejavou wrote: »
I have been informed by the Pensions people, that as I have deferred drawing my pension (in an attempt to up it's weekly value when I do draw it) that I don't qualify for the Bonus as I'm not actually in receipt of my Pension.
Has anybody else had this experience?
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