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On 5/10/2019 at 9:05 PM, evadgib said:

Of interest to anyone hoping to resume NI cont to top up their shortfall:

 

During a call to the Ni Cont office this afternoon I established that they're currently running TWELVE WEEKS BEHIND SCHEDULE from the date that letters are received in UK. I therefore have earmarked a date on my calendar in mid June in which I should ring them again to find out whether or not I can resume payments at the class 2 (self employed) rate as there is no way i'm paying cl3 (vol).

 

It's as clear as mud!

 

(I had the full 30 years required by my generation until they moved the goalposts in 2016!)

Update:

(salient points from a letter received last week and a subsequent call)

 

Class 3 seems to be the only option HMRC were interested in @ 15 quid per week.

 

Class 2 might still be available if self employed but they'll need some sort of paper trail whereas previously they didn't.

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Here is an ICBP campaign we could get behind on frozen pensions:-

 

"Theresa May wants to set up an office for tackling social injustices. This letter from ICBP Chairman, John Duffy, suggests how we can all help:

Dear ICBP Supporter,

In a recent article in the Guardian newspaper Mrs. May indicated that she wished to leave a legacy by which she would be remembered and is proposing an Office for Tackling Injustices. As a result ICBP sent the e-mail below to the Prime Minister -

Recently reported in the press, now confirmed by today's announcement, Mrs. May indicated she wished to leave a legacy by which she would be remembered and is proposing an Office for Tackling Injustices.
 

In a letter to cabinet ministers signed by Penny Mordaunt, the Minister for Women and Equalities, she said the office would "hold government and wider society to account for achieving changes against key social injustices".

A long outstanding key social injustice is the matter of Frozen Pensions.
 

Perhaps Mrs May might recollect the statement she made in 2017 about supporting people who have saved for their retirement. Also Mrs May has always claimed that she is implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination.

This being so, it is time to reverse the iniquitous government policy whereby many thousands are deprived of the pension for which they have paid equally with every other pensioner.
 

I trust this issue will be included in the mandate of the Office for Tackling Injustices.

This would be a good time for everyone to write to the Prime Minister politely demanding (rude correspondence is screened out) that the Office for Tackling Injustices investigates as an urgent priority the question of frozen pensions. You can write to the PM at https://email.number10.gov.uk/ but you are restricted to 1,000 characters so choose your words carefully (you will note that the above is exactly 1,000 characters so if you wish to copy and paste, please do so).

 

The more e-mails the PM receives, the more probable the subject will be considered.

John J Duffy - Chairman, ICBP"


 

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2 hours ago, billzant said:

Here is an ICBP campaign we could get behind on frozen pensions:-

 

"Theresa May wants to set up an office for tackling social injustices. This letter from ICBP Chairman, John Duffy, suggests how we can all help:

Dear ICBP Supporter,

In a recent article in the Guardian newspaper Mrs. May indicated that she wished to leave a legacy by which she would be remembered and is proposing an Office for Tackling Injustices. As a result ICBP sent the e-mail below to the Prime Minister -

Recently reported in the press, now confirmed by today's announcement, Mrs. May indicated she wished to leave a legacy by which she would be remembered and is proposing an Office for Tackling Injustices.
 

In a letter to cabinet ministers signed by Penny Mordaunt, the Minister for Women and Equalities, she said the office would "hold government and wider society to account for achieving changes against key social injustices".

A long outstanding key social injustice is the matter of Frozen Pensions.
 

Perhaps Mrs May might recollect the statement she made in 2017 about supporting people who have saved for their retirement. Also Mrs May has always claimed that she is implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination.

This being so, it is time to reverse the iniquitous government policy whereby many thousands are deprived of the pension for which they have paid equally with every other pensioner.
 

I trust this issue will be included in the mandate of the Office for Tackling Injustices.

This would be a good time for everyone to write to the Prime Minister politely demanding (rude correspondence is screened out) that the Office for Tackling Injustices investigates as an urgent priority the question of frozen pensions. You can write to the PM at https://email.number10.gov.uk/ but you are restricted to 1,000 characters so choose your words carefully (you will note that the above is exactly 1,000 characters so if you wish to copy and paste, please do so).

 

The more e-mails the PM receives, the more probable the subject will be considered.

John J Duffy - Chairman, ICBP"


 

Not a great deal of hope on that. There is no lack of reliable data, the DWP is perfectly aware of exactly how many are being deprived of their full pension.

 

"Downing Street said it would gather information where there was currently a lack of reliable data, but it would not make policy recommendations."

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-48958983

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