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Brian Wood19/04/2018 18:52:43
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In the post today I had a letter from the DWP to inform me that I was soon to be 80 years old and therefore entitled to a Age Addition on my weekly pension in the week following that momentous date.

The Addition is the magnificent sum of 25 pence per week, upon which I will pay tax to leave me with an extra 20 pence a week.

My wife suggests I leave it to the housekeeper but I rather think she would be insulted!

What suggestions would the Team like to propose that I use this for?


Brian Sweeting19/04/2018 19:05:10
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If you save it carefully for two months you might be able to treat yourself to a cup of coffee whilst out shopping.


Brian Sweeting19/04/2018 19:05:10
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duplicate, deleted.

Edited By Brian Sweeting on 19/04/2018 19:05:50

Watford19/04/2018 19:26:45
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Posted by Brian Sweeting on 19/04/2018 19:05:10:

If you save it carefully for two months you might be able to treat yourself to a cup of coffee whilst out shopping.



Brian, Do remember to recycle the cup.  cake




Edited By Watford on 19/04/2018 19:28:45

Edited By Watford on 19/04/2018 19:29:35

Thor20/04/2018 08:15:34
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Well Brian, I guess I was lucky, I got a slight addition when I was 67.


john carruthers20/04/2018 08:23:21
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4/- per week, 16/- per month, it all adds up you know wink

Maybe a fund for fallen women ?

IanT20/04/2018 08:59:03
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I think they are a bit more expensive than that these days John...


Mike20/04/2018 09:02:20
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Brian, I've three years to go to equal your score. I await the DWP letter with bated breath!

Vic20/04/2018 10:12:16
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Thanks to Jamie Oliver I have to pay an extra 20p in sugar tax for a glass of coke. If you drink coke you’re possibly even now. smiley

Clive Hartland20/04/2018 11:20:36
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You gain 25 P but you also lose in other ways, Lloyds took away my acct. privileges like travel ins. and roadside assistance. Downgraded my card from Platinum to a Classic card. Damn them as I had to go for Green Flag cover. What with Car ins. increases etc plus power increases we are worse off, Do they not realize that the population is ageing? and that we are still a force to be reckoned with?


Edited By Clive Hartland on 20/04/2018 11:21:10

Baz20/04/2018 11:28:43
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I will be very glad to get to 80 years old and have enough of my faculties left to be able to moan about these things.

Trevor Crossman 120/04/2018 12:26:51
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Posted by Mike on 20/04/2018 09:02:20:

Brian, I've three years to go to equal your score. I await the DWP letter with bated breath!

perhaps not a good idea for a senior citizen to hold it too long !

Brian Wood20/04/2018 15:22:57
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I hope you don't think I was moaning, far from it; I was pointing out with a bit of humour the joys to come at this advanced age.


Rik Shaw20/04/2018 16:08:52
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Brian - I think I might be tempted to return the first 20p coin to Mr. DWP with instructions to insert it in his inter-gluteal cleft and take a running jump without dropping it.


Robbo20/04/2018 16:32:36
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Posted by Rik Shaw on 20/04/2018 16:08:52:

Brian - I think I might be tempted to return the first 20p coin to Mr. DWP with instructions to insert it in his inter-gluteal cleft and take a running jump without dropping it.


Now that reminds me of a game we used to play in Rugby Clubs, but using a handful of (old) pennies and an empty tankard.

Brian - 4 years to go for me. but that news will spur me on!   Suggest you make a pile of your 20p coins, add one each week, and see how old you are when it falls over.


Edited By Robbo on 20/04/2018 16:37:48

Brian Wood20/04/2018 18:07:31
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I like that idea, the danger is I might fall over first and then what do we do?!! I remember well how unstable the old piles of pennies were in the pubs of yore and a wobbly oldie trying to add to the pile simply invites disaster. The housekeeper would then swoop in and make off with the lot, possibly to have enough to blow it on a sticky bun.

Trevor Crossman 1 doesn't recommend holding your breath for extended periods and with 4 years to go I doubt you'll get to the tape to claim your prize!


AlaninOz20/04/2018 20:22:03
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I wonder how much I would get. I worked in England for a couple of years and Centrelink forced me to apply for a UK pension when I turned 65 otherwise I would not have received my PART Australian pension. I am 80 in September and have just recovered the expenses incurred in getting the UK pension.

You are probably wondering how much it is - a magnificent 22 pence per week, paid annually in December or about $23 or 11 loaves of bread.

My youngest son is treating me to a trip to England in June or July to visit relatives. He wants to visit Duxford and a couple of race car manufacturer/tuners as he builds drift racers - last one was 920 hp from a standard Holden V8 with twin turbos + intercooler..

We plan to visit Tracey Tools in Torquay and see my grandfather's old house in Torre.

Any suggestions for places to visit would be appreciated.



Howard Lewis20/04/2018 20:50:47
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Same thing happened to me. Someone said "Don't spend it all at once"!

At the end of my second year as an Apprentice, for passing exams at Tech. I was awarded an extra two shillings a week. My Income Tax deduction promptly increased by one shilling and eight pence!

In those days, Income tax was like Joseph's coat, with many bands.

One of my pensions is £8.10, GROSS PER ANNUM, £6.10 NETT. The Insurers now managing it, offered to commute it to a one off lump sum payment of £56. Since I hoped to live for longer than seven years, I chose to take the Pension. Fourteen years on I think that may have been the right decision!

Our nation is very even handed; gives with one hand and takes away with the other!

But let us be grateful for small mercies.


Cyril Bonnett20/04/2018 21:01:08
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Just think of all those people that you are keeping in gainful employment by reaching 80.

Brian Wood21/04/2018 08:10:09
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Good point Cyril, but there has been an army of them to keep body and soul together ever since I earned my first pennies as a new kid in employment!

Putting matters into perspective, I am a lot more fortunate than the so called Windrush generation, what a shameful paragraph in history that scandal is revealing.


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