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2 minutes ago, DaRoadrunner said:

Did you request these forms or were they sent automatically?

A notification of my upcoming entitlement was sent to me. It included a unique ID to be entered on the website when applying for my pension entitlement. I had already tried to apply online but the questionaire ran to several pages and had some really tricky questions. By using the unique ID I was presented with a much simpler questionaire with no tricky questions. Took me less than 30 minutes to complete. Apart from the dodgy phone call, job done.

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On 1/24/2020 at 1:19 PM, BritManToo said:

Move to the Philippines would be the easiest choice.

As they have a pension increase agreement with the UK.

Based on the figures in the OP, I would need a bit more than the 65 quid a week incentive to relocate to the PI.

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Do not let the private pension and DWP addresses clash,tax people may smell a rat.

   If you have a friend already retired who does not want you sending pension letters to his house as it would clash with his DWP correspondence,   put a small (b) alongside his   (say he lives at 120 whatever,with his permission( put your address as 120b)   looks as if partitioned,mailman will stuff all letters through 120

 

  nobody has ever been stuffed with a frozen pension,but if you start with one,its harder to get shut (and still live here)

 

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22 minutes ago, izod10 said:

Do not let the private pension and DWP addresses clash,tax people may smell a rat.

   If you have a friend already retired who does not want you sending pension letters to his house as it would clash with his DWP correspondence,   put a small (b) alongside his   (say he lives at 120 whatever,with his permission( put your address as 120b)   looks as if partitioned,mailman will stuff all letters through 120

 

  nobody has ever been stuffed with a frozen pension,but if you start with one,its harder to get shut (and still live here)

 

No logic in this whatsoever. Changing your address slightly will misalign it with your postcode. I made a genuine mistake of putting my address as 1 XXXX, whereas it should have been Flat 1 xxxx. DWP picked up on this.

 

Perfectly feasable for 2 pensioners to live at the same address, I'm sure it often happens. More likely to arouse suspicion by messing with your address.

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1 hour ago, DannyCarlton said:

No logic in this whatsoever. Changing your address slightly will misalign it with your postcode. I made a genuine mistake of putting my address as 1 XXXX, whereas it should have been Flat 1 xxxx. DWP picked up on this.

 

Perfectly feasable for 2 pensioners to live at the same address, I'm sure it often happens. More likely to arouse suspicion by messing with your address.

done in the past,worked well

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1 minute ago, izod10 said:

done in the past,worked well

Done in the past. DWP picked it up instantly.

In the UK postal address database, every individual address under a particular postcode is registered and listed. If the address you put isn't listed on the database it won't be acccepted.

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On 1/26/2020 at 1:15 PM, Letseng said:

Hope for the best. 

Dwp sends you a questionnaire to determine whether you are habitually resident. One of the questions is :do you own the property", another one whether this home is available at any time (if you just rent). This means you need a permanent address at all times. If caught cheating, they eventually fine you by deducting money.

This is completely wrong and untrue. DWP does not use the habitual residency test and never have, they do however have a questionnaire that attempts to determine the pattern of the claimants normal and settled lifestyle which is nothing to do with residency.

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Looking at the above posts one is left confused. Not surprising considering we are dealing with government who are buried up to their necks in confusing regulations.

 

Despite everyones best efforts on this thread, Roadrunner is none the wiser and wary of opening a can of government worms.

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1 hour ago, DaRoadrunner said:

Looking at the above posts one is left confused. Not surprising considering we are dealing with government who are buried up to their necks in confusing regulations.

 

Despite everyones best efforts on this thread, Roadrunner is none the wiser and wary of opening a can of government worms.

It seems complicated but really i isn't.

 

DWP doesn't use either the statutory residency test nor the habitual residency test to determine eligibility for state pension increases, those things are used for UK tax and UK benefits purposes only.

 

DWP does assess each persons lifestyle individually to see if they are eligible for the increases, lifestyles can be very complicated involving lots of travel and time spent outside the UK yet the person may still be eligible for the increases.

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