Urgent deadline for thousands to beat pension credit clampdown - MSE News

The clock is ticking for thousands of pensioners with younger partners to claim pension credit before the eligibility rules tighten – which could cost some couples up to £7,000 a year...
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  • Paul_HerringPaul_Herring Forumite
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    which could cost some couples up to £7,000 a year

    Or to turn this around, currently some couples are currently getting £7,000 extra per year when one of them is still young enough to be working, and getting a benefit intended for those in retirement.
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  • bonnyriggerbonnyrigger Forumite
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    Stupid examples with 25 yr age gaps will be used by the resident government apologists. The more likely scenario is a 3/4 yr gap, with the woman probably younger and already whacked with the shortening of the implementation period for the State Pension age increase, now hit again with this latest cut (and that's exactly what it is). Maybe a limit of the younger partner being over 60 at the time of the claim would have been reasonable but DWP don't do reason very well.
    It won't personally affect me or my partner but I know some other couples without DC/DB pension pots who will be affected.
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    But of course.
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  • bonnyriggerbonnyrigger Forumite
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    But of course.

    Just wondering how you got that quote - I checked in my posting history and can't find it. I do have some sympathy with the people affected by the speeding up of the timescale but equalisation of SP age is of course fair.
    Anyway is that some sort of dismissal? Do you have any empathy for lower income couples in their mid-60's who may have legitimate health issues why the younger one isn't able to work - but will now need to jump through the UC hoops to get any help?
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  • ecryderecryder Forumite
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    Traditionally , successive Governments have treated pensioners with respect. For a good and predictable reason. Pensioners tend to have strong opinions and be politically aware, and therefore Governments desperately need their votes at general election time, rather than relying on the relatively politically naïve and younger voters.
    The Welfare Reforms (read "cuts" for reforms) initiated by the Conservative, Cameron/Clegg Coalition Government of 2010 on is a hideous attack on the most vulnerable in our society, during a period when multi billionaires are being created with ease with help from the rich friendly, Tory administrations.
    If these pension credit changes (and the raising of the women's state pension age to 65/68 years old) are not reversed by judicial review or otherwise, the current administration are playing with fire in relation to their electability. We see at the moment that one Mrs T May is on her way out.
    The issue of 1950s-born women's raising of their state pension age is being examined by a two day Judicial Review Hearing on 5th and 6th June next month. It will be interesting to see the outcome and hope for a sound Government thrashing.
  • On reading the MSE info about getting a claim in straight away for couples for pension credit - I told my friend and she rang the pension helpline quoted today 15 may for a form - she is 61 her husband 69 and getting basic state pension . She was told by the advisor she was too late - and she quoted Martin Lewis and was told it wasn’t always correct on his website ! So any suggestions please as to how we get a form and if it’s any point in trying to send it in backdatedly .. thanks
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    ecryder wrote: »
    Traditionally , successive Governments have treated pensioners with respect. For a good and predictable reason. Pensioners tend to have strong opinions and be politically aware, and therefore Governments desperately need their votes at general election time, rather than relying on the relatively politically naïve and younger voters.
    The Welfare Reforms (read "cuts" for reforms) initiated by the Conservative, Cameron/Clegg Coalition Government of 2010 on is a hideous attack on the most vulnerable in our society, during a period when multi billionaires are being created with ease with help from the rich friendly, Tory administrations.
    If these pension credit changes (and the raising of the women's state pension age to 65/68 years old) are not reversed by judicial review or otherwise, the current administration are playing with fire in relation to their electability. We see at the moment that one Mrs T May is on her way out.

    The issue of 1950s-born women's raising of their state pension age is being examined by a two day Judicial Review Hearing on 5th and 6th June next month. It will be interesting to see the outcome and hope for a sound Government thrashing.
    They have had since the 1990's to adapt and what help are WASPI giving to any woman born on 1/1/60?
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