Benefits Book

This is a continuation of my recent blogs on welfare benefits.   ( You can see all the posts on this subject by clicking on “Welfare Benefits “ in the Tag Cloud )

So now having searched around the World Wide Web  for days and not come up with any simple answers, I have put down my iPad, stepped back a century or two and bought a book on benefits.    It’s shorter than the 5772 pages of Government advice on their website.    It’s only 116 pages.    That should be easier to understand for an older person who hasn’t yet become a technology geek !     How difficult can 116 pages be ???????

The first problem is that the benefits in the book are not just for pensioners.   It has details of all benefits for all ages.     As I don’t qualify for child benefit anymore that’s a bit of a nuisance.    Nor am I sure that I’ll be able to claim for full time education at 71.       Still I wade through the book and cross out 38 pages straight away.   That only reminds me of how much I might have missed out on in the past.

Next we come to benefits that only apply exclusively to pensioners.    There seem to be a lot less of them —— only 23 pages.    They are about the State Pension, Pension Credit and Cold Weather Payments etc.    All of which I’ve talked about in my earlier blogs on this subject.    So I won’t repeat myself.

Finally, the most difficult section is the remaining pages, which are benefits that could apply to young or old people.    Some of which are means tested and some which are not.   That’s going to take more figuring out😩

You have to wonder if Governments who dream up the bewildering multitude of benefits, really want people to receive them.

I have decided I should go back to school and do an A level course in welfare benefits to begin to get my head around the subject.   Perhaps I need an education grant after all 😀

TO ENABLE ALL OLDER PEOPLE IN NEED TO GET THE BENEFITS TO WHICH THEY ARE ENTITLED, YOU NEED TO CUT THROUGH THIS  UNHELPFUL GOVERNMENT ‘so-called’ INFORMATION.     YOU NEED A MAN OR A WOMAN WITH A MISSION TO RECLAIM ALL THE YEARS OF CONTRIBUTIONS.

A RED TAPE CRUSADER

FOOTNOTE – Please note, I hasten to add that I am no expert and anyone reading this should not take my observations or figures as fact.    Hopefully before I finish this series of blogs, I will have raised awareness of some of the issues in the welfare benefits system.    If you’re intending to make a claim, you should go to one of the trusted agencies like Age UK or Citizens Advice Bureau.    

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One Response to Benefits Book

  1. Come on Mc Duff/ you are my ”red crusader”, I hope not that one found in Salisbury last night?? I must broaden my vocabulary as to what is or is not ”RED”?
    I must admit the 116 pages of print suggest a little less reading than the 5772 pages of Gov.UK suggest? However I am bewildered but glad of your ‘gems of Knowledge” that you drop onto your web site.
    Do not be too dismissive of education for the elderly? THE OPEN UNIVERSITY, sacking staff or threating too, run many a course, from a foundation to a Ph.D on most subjects why not benefits for the elderly.
    THe department of education at present appear lost in the sea of academic subject matter, and the new fangled universities that can instruct/teach about, to keep the younger generations away from earning a living and yet devoting ethereal time to those few who can think out of the box, and create for the rest of the population, mass employment, or should I say monies/riches for the UK PLC? It is a riddle that needs a solution, can we the older generation become part of this and join the university hippie brigade! and yet bring life’s experiences to those our younger generations, with reason and tolerance.
    Life is a knife edge; if we receive form the government purse? What can we put back, within reason, having done our bit for UK plc.? How does one weigh up what one is entitled too- shall we say demand, and what we can offer society, if they as a whole offer us social care and support?
    I am not greedy but I would like a fairer and more thinking social society group for UK PLC.
    Like the wheels on the wagon-” life is round to come around” however I do not wish to become one of those who told you so!!!”

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