‘State pension age changes have been soul-destroying – we’re gobsmacked by the High Court ruling’ | inews

Women affected by the state pension age increases have expressed disappointment after the High Court dismissed their claims that the changes were discriminatory. 

Among them is 61-year-old Sandra Morris, who will not get her state pension until she is 66. Despite having chronic illnesses, she will continue to run her miniature artisan business until retirement age as, without her state pension, she cannot afford to take a step back. 

Her partner, Pamela Shallcrass, 65, also has to wait another year for her pension.


Source: ‘State pension age changes have been soul-destroying – we’re gobsmacked by the High Court ruling’ | inews



Making it easier for carers to get government help

Making it easier for carers to get government help* from Gov.UK

An extract ‘A new digital application system means that carers can now apply for their allowance at a time that suits them.

The new online Carer’s Allowance application system has launched today, in a move that is already transforming the lives of thousands of carers across the country.

Carer’s Allowance is a benefit for people who are looking after someone with substantial caring needs. 240,000 people in the UK claim the allowance each year, and until now, they were forced to do this via the post or by using an outdated online system which was difficult to complete and had low take-up.   ………………….’


An extract ‘You might be able to get Carer’s Allowance if all of the following apply:

  • you’re 16 or over
  • you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone
  • have been in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 2 of the last 3 years
  • you normally live in England, Scotland or Wales, or you live abroad as a member of the armed forces
  • you’re not in full time education or studying for more than 21 hours a week
  • you earn less than £102 a week (after taxes, care costs while you’re at work and 50% of what you pay into your pension)……..)

‘……………You might not get Carer’s Allowance if you already get one of these benefits:

  • State Pension
  • Bereavement Allowance
  • contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • contribution-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Industrial Death Benefit
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • training allowance
  • Unemployability Supplement – paid with Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit or War Pension
  • War Widow’s or Widower’s Pension
  • Widowed Mother’s Allowance
  • Widowed Parent’s Allowance
  • Widow’s Pension

You should still apply for Carer’s Allowance even if you get these as your benefits might be increased.  ………………’

If you are entitled to Carer’s Allowance it is a taxable benefit*and so you need to declare you are in receipt to the HM Revenue and Customs* and when you obtain state retirement pension age* and commencing receiving your state pension, the Carer’s Allowance payments will cease to be paid but your eligibility will still continue.

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