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TOPIC: on ESA, been forced to take state pension early??

on ESA, been forced to take state pension early?? 10 months 1 week ago #173251

I am on irESA SG, along with my partner. We received a letter this week saying they want a meeting on 21st of Nov. They want to check we are getting the right amount.

The only info. they are asking for that we haven't supplied before are pension statements. I am 43 and my partner is 51. I noticed that sometimes pensions can be taken early through ill health. I have virtually nothing in my serps and will be relying on state pension in the future. My partner is not ill but is a career for 3 of us in the home.

So, was wondering if early state pension for ill health, is a 'thing'?

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on ESA, been forced to take state pension early?? 10 months 1 week ago #173253

Hi ot,

These meetings are very common at the moment. Sometimes they are the result of a 'tip off' by someone else. Mostly they just seem to be a way of 'rattling the cage' of claimants :angry:

Although it can be different with private pensions, it is not possible to take the State Retirement Pension early due to sickness, that is what ESA is for.
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on ESA, been forced to take state pension early?? 9 months 4 weeks ago #174361

Update:

Didn't seem interested in the pension bits n pieces. Main reason for the visit he said was because they had been passed info.from Inland Revenue that my partner had worked for the month of August for CSL Group in Birmingham. He had no other details. Obviously my partner hasn't worked and not notified them. We made our own enquiries after he left and one of the companies we called said they had been getting lots of calls about this and that they think it's in connection with the firm Sofology as they are connected to a CSL Company that recently changed names/address or something.

I'm sure it won't come to anything as there can be no supporting evidence but I wouldn't put it past the DWP to use it as a reason to stop payment anyway. I do wonder if it's been a deliberate ploy by the DWP...sounds paranoid but I just don't trust them at all!!! :angry:

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