Pompey News: "Veteran's anger at answerphone pension misery"

Purple_twiglet

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As opposed to "Veterans anger at waste of public cash employing person to tell him no increase when an answerphone message could have done the same thing at a fraction of the cost"....
 
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QUOTE The message advises callers that because the retail price index has been negative in the last year - which means the cost of living has dropped - the pension is not increasing. :oops: Surely the rise is set at one given months RPI INDEX, Like for most pensions??? December 2.4% 2010, Previous rises were 0.9% 3.0% 3.0% 2.2% 2.8 % etc, not exceeding 5.0%under most pension rules?? in excess of GMP which is increased by the state ( where relevant)
 

chieftiff

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scouse said:
Surely the rise is set at one given months RPI INDEX, Like for most pensions??? December 2.4% 2010, Previous rises were 0.9% 3.0% 3.0% 2.2% 2.8 % etc, not exceeding 5.0%under most pension rules?? in excess of GMP which is increased by the state ( where relevant)
The pension scheme rate rise is based on September's headline RPI rate and applied in April as explained in the pension scheme booklet, unfortunately September's RPI rate was -1.4% according the Office of National Statistics so 0% isn't unfair (although it may seem so given that it's now sat around 3.7%) I'm pretty sure that all pension schemes base their annual uplift on the September figure because historically (and for some pretty basic economic reasons) it tends to be amongst the lowest months of the year. Swings and roundabouts really I seem to remember that last years increase was in the region of 5% :wink:
 
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angrydoc

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As opposed to: common decency would state a letter could be sent out instead of making people find out by mistake by an impersonal answering machine message.
 
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So when was this as my pension has gone up and by quite a substantial amount. He needs to see the paperwork that shows no raise.
 
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In the meantime, in the House of Common Theft, food and drink prices are capped at about 5% (it seems a pint of Lager costs approx £1), so could this be a reason that we retirees aren't getting a pension rise ?

:evil:

(Note to self, check Mrs WM civil service pension .... !!)
 
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whitemouse said:
In the meantime, in the House of Common Theft, food and drink prices are capped at about 5% (it seems a pint of Lager costs approx £1), so could this be a reason that we retirees aren't getting a pension rise ?

:evil:

(Note to self, check Mrs WM civil service pension .... !!)
The price of a pint of lager in many private clubs and bars around the country is around £1 (the Commons bars cost about £1.30). How much do you guys pay for a pint in the NAAFI bars?

I don't see the connection with pensions i'm afraid.
 
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Not serving now, and can't afford the 'private' clubs in the Smoke, cheapest I've found around my area is Lloyd's No 1 Bar at around £2.70.

And it was meant to be a tongue in cheek response ..... didn't do to well, did I ? ;)

:p
 

Toucan

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lonestar said:
whitemouse said:
In the meantime, in the House of Common Theft, food and drink prices are capped at about 5% (it seems a pint of Lager costs approx £1), so could this be a reason that we retirees aren't getting a pension rise ?

:evil:

(Note to self, check Mrs WM civil service pension .... !!)
The price of a pint of lager in many private clubs and bars around the country is around £1 (the Commons bars cost about £1.30). How much do you guys pay for a pint in the NAAFI bars?

I don't see the connection with pensions i'm afraid.
It was around that cost when I went to HMS Collingwood for an acquaint. Even cheaper at sea apparently!

Regarding the pensions, if it's RPI linked it's RPI linked. Not much that can be done about that. Perhaps a shame there's no personal touch, but that costs money.
 
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angrydoc said:
As opposed to: common decency would state a letter could be sent out instead of making people find out by mistake by an impersonal answering machine message.
:wink: Very much agreed with your last. Mine is RPI for December, every year and administrated by Capita Hartshead by letter every March, for the April Increase, cant fault them.
 

Seadog

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Needs to see the paperwork? I found this without any bother From the 2010 newsletter I'd be surprised if Mr Moore is not in receipt of a hard copy being a pensioner.

2010 Pensions Increase. Any annual cost of living increase to your pension is payable if you are over age 55 or if the pension is an ill health, widows, widowers, civil or eligible partner or child’s pension. The increase is based on the rise in the Retail Price Index (RPI) in the 12 months ended 30 September 2009, and not 31 March 2010. As the RPI was minus 1.4% as at 30 September 2009 the Government has confirmed there will not be an increase in April 2010. However, there will be no decrease, to reflect the negative RPI. All AFPS Pensions will therefore remain at their 2009 level.
Mr Moore may be cut from the same cloth as the professional offence takers; gypsies offended by being accused of being thieves when caught in the act, poofs offended by a B&B's owner, survivors/relatives of victims of some event being offended by a film about some similar event (especially on an anniversary) and militant Muslims offended by everything.


Recorded messages and push the hash key instructions are annoying but so are people who think they deserve the personal touch for something that doesn't even warrant a recorded message. See link.
 
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I have no problem with the lack of increase that's the way it is, anyway for the pittance it would have been I could hardly go out and buy another Series 5 BM. :)
 
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Perhaps he should try listening to the radio and TV. There were enough programmes on around last September explaining why this would be the case. In the same way, I cannot understand the outrage of all the people who have complained about no increase in serps. It was explained that there would be an increase in BASIC pension of 2.5%, as was promised would be the minimum some years ago. Some years we dip out, some years we dip in. That's life in a grey suit!

2BM
 

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