New ways to feel old (and poor), No. 97

by Stephen Tall on October 27, 2006

It’s awfully kind of the Department for Work and Pensions to be thinking of me:

We are writing to tell you how much State Pension you may get when you reach State Pension age. Retirement may seem a long way off but thinking about it now can make a big difference to your future. …

If you retire at State Pension age, we estimate your total State Pension will be £85.81 a week at today’s prices. This figure includes:

Basic State Pension: £84.25
Additional State Pension: £1.56

Thank goodness for that Additional State Pension, then – where would I be without it? Worse off by £81.12 a year, I guess. And see what I could buy with that. (The Fitted Fleecy Heating Underblanket should come in handy.)

Anyway – like I imagine for one moment I’ll have any State Pension by the time I qualify in 38 years’ time. As the young people used once to say: as if.