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Pensionable [Oct. 4th, 2015|09:49 am]
Tony Grist
When I were a lad we called it the Old Age Pension. Now it's just The State Pension. People these days have a rooted objection to being called "old". I think it's a sickness.

Anyway I got my letter from the DWP (it was waiting for me on our return from Leicester) telling me I was going to be able to start drawing the pension next year. It encloses a booklet setting out my options and choices- which I suppose I need to read. Why does everything have to be so complicated these days? There's this belief abroad that people want choices in life (you know, umpteen brands of bloody cornflakes) when the truth is we'd just like things to run smoothly. Look, I don't want to have to make decisions; simply pay me my money down. I'll make the decisions once it's in my palsied hand.

Otherwise receiving my letter and little booklet makes me happy. It's a rite of passage.  Look, I'm certifiably old. I can eat golden age meals in restaurants (only I won't because the portions are stupidly small) and I can do all those things Jenny Joseph looks forward to getting away with in her famous poem. Being old is cool.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2015-10-04 08:55 am (UTC)
Oh i have one of these booklets too which i have not read yet. Why is so complicated these days?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-10-04 09:02 am (UTC)
Maybe later today, when my mother is quietly ensconced in front of the telly I'll sit down and read it.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2015-10-04 09:16 am (UTC)
Think I have an idea why everything gets turned complicated these days...
Overflow of information causes scatterbrain - and scatterbrain means you can easily get fooled. That's all systems these days rely on.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-10-04 09:31 am (UTC)
That's a good point. Plausible.

Or perhaps it's just that bureaucracies are stupid
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From: cmcmck
2015-10-04 12:49 pm (UTC)
But have you started wearing purple yet? :o)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-10-05 08:28 am (UTC)
No, I leave that to Ailz. It's her favourite colour. I do have a thing for multicoloured jumpers though.
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From: cmcmck
2015-10-05 11:19 am (UTC)
Me too! :o)
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From: athenais
2015-10-04 02:33 pm (UTC)
I'll roll my trousers when I am eligible for my pension in eight years. Until then, I'm not old.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-10-05 08:29 am (UTC)
What wrong with being old?
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[User Picture]From: lora_diary
2015-10-04 05:19 pm (UTC)

In our country we must go to the pension department to prove we need to recieve some money. It is worse, than you have.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-10-05 08:33 am (UTC)
That's a shame.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2015-10-05 12:47 pm (UTC)
The Powers That Be strive to make all those booklets as complex as possible so that you have to get a bureaucrat to explain it to you. It's all part of the Government Workers Full Employment scheme.
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