Bureaucracy Isn’t All Bad or How to Get a UK Pension Forecast
I am 65 in a few months and I need to find out what my State Pension is going to be, so that I can plan my life accordingly.
As I live only a short walk from my local Jobcentre Plus and they helped me with my winter heating allowance, I decided they would be the first place to try.
They couldn’t help me directly, but they gave me a list of useful numbers and told me to ring the Pension Service on 0845 606 0265. This incidentally is free from BT, but expensive from a mobile.
After I got home, I rang the number and they told me that the simplest way was to ring another toll-free number, 0845 300 0168.
It took me about ten minutes before I gave them all the information they needed, like both out National Insurance numbers, C’s Date of Death and our Date of Marriage.
The guy at the other end said, I’d get the Pension Forecast through the post in about ten days.
It was all fairly painless! And there were no charges anywhere. Not even phone ones!
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