Van Lady

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    Van Lady got a reaction from Bus Stop Boxer in Retire at 75   
    IMO any policy makers who think that raising state pension age above 65 will solve social or economic problems is totally divorced from and unaware of the reality of life for the masses. Laughable.
    We’re all healthier, living longer, better medical care, work is good for you sound bites.......just a load of shite spouted by those with power.
    People of all generations will have to fight enmasse to secure a decent social contract otherwise the future for the majority is work until you die or be plunged into hell with little or no income. All those baying for benefit cuts should be careful what they wish for. Anyone’s life can turn on a sixpence at any moment from a variety of a reasons. 
    The majority of workers in the uk simply can’t put enough by to retire at a decent age, say 65, because they aren’t paid enough. If disaster strikes then people who have contributed for many years find out that the benefit system isn’t an easy to access gravy train.
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    Van Lady reacted to Dave Bloke in The pain of EBay   
    God, I had that with my mom when my dad died. A house full of "priceless antiquities Dave!" she told me "pennies in the pound, that's what you want to sell them for" ... "you are only after my money" etc.
    She did have some nice furniture but I told my mom everyone just goes to Ikea, no one has room for a 19th century oak sideboard. I probably spent a month clearing what I could (ie taking to the dump until they banned me) and my mom tried to garage sale a lot for "pennies in the pound" as she said again. Due to blowing all her retirement money in a 10 year spending spree she had to move out of her big house into a granny flat but she still insisted in moving all her furniture to my uncles garage costing thousands in removal feed only to find all the antiques were eventually worth less than what it cost to move the stuff. My dad was a hoarder but they'd progressively moved to bigger houses as his crap overflowed the old premises. The last house, out in the sticks, had outbuildings and I was shocked to find them full... and mum's bank account (which had had 400K in from a house sale) empty. One of the out buildings had 3 sit on mowers that I had a lot of trouble to sell. They also had built a swimming pool that contained green, stagnant water - although nothing that industrial levels of bleech couldn't fix - hope the new owners tested the pH before taking a plunge....

    anyway I resolved not to ever have my son in the same situation and the missus and I have been getting rid of stuff like we're going to be plucked off the embassy roof in Saigon.
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    Van Lady got a reaction from billfunk in Retire at 75   
    IMO any policy makers who think that raising state pension age above 65 will solve social or economic problems is totally divorced from and unaware of the reality of life for the masses. Laughable.
    We’re all healthier, living longer, better medical care, work is good for you sound bites.......just a load of shite spouted by those with power.
    People of all generations will have to fight enmasse to secure a decent social contract otherwise the future for the majority is work until you die or be plunged into hell with little or no income. All those baying for benefit cuts should be careful what they wish for. Anyone’s life can turn on a sixpence at any moment from a variety of a reasons. 
    The majority of workers in the uk simply can’t put enough by to retire at a decent age, say 65, because they aren’t paid enough. If disaster strikes then people who have contributed for many years find out that the benefit system isn’t an easy to access gravy train.
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    Van Lady got a reaction from Popuplights in The pain of EBay   
    As mentioned above clearing deceased parents home was an eyeopener. There was decent stuff that was given to interested people and some stuff was given to local charity shop but to be honest quite a lot was taken to the dump. It was a sad task to take some of their stuff to the dump but it prompted me to be ruthless and get rid of a lot of stuff from my own home.
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    Van Lady got a reaction from The Idiocrat in Retire at 75   
    Oh well, 1950’s women are often denigrated and mocked for fighting the government about pension age rises. I think the whole country should be campaigning to stop state pension age rises. 
    IMO it’s a ridiculous idea to raise anyone’s state pension age above 65. People may live longer but the majority in their sixties seem to have some kind of nagging health problem plus natural ageing takes it toll and most folk simply don’t have as much energy in comparison to earlier life.
    What jobs will there be for a population from age 18 to 75 to keep a majority in employment. Not enough is my guess.
     
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    Van Lady got a reaction from billfunk in Retire at 75   
    It’s often posted on here that it’s easy to get awarded benefits. Perhaps it is for the generational type of person who knows the system and how to work it 
    I could post many anecdotes about people who’ve worked since leaving school/uni until illness strikes then they are refused benefits. Recent tale was from an NHS worker who struggled for around three years with an illness that severely curtailed all activities. Eventually the NHS retired her through ill health because they deemed their was no prospect of any type of other employment in the NHS.
    She was denied ESA and PIP. Her husband is a manual worker and struggling on in a job. Both 58, not obese, don’t smoke and social drinkers.
    Lucky for them they have her nhs pension which is around a state pension annual sum plus for now husbands wages for as long as he can stock it. Also lucky that they had a paid for home that allowed downsizing to a one bed place.
    This is a situation that, IMO, the government needs to address. Regarding evidence it would seem to me that if the nhs can’t find any job whatsoever to employ an ailing person that should ensure a claim for benefits is awarded.
    There are many less fortunate people than that couple who get dealt a bad hand by life and they also are being denied benefits. I’ve heard some real horror stories from people who have worked life long and found out when disaster strikes that there is no safety net.
    It’s all very well saying that people should work and make a secure life for themselves with no thought of claiming a benefit....that  definition includes state pension now it’s regarded as a benefit......but the simple fact is that the majority of jobs in the uk these days barely pay enough to get by and no chance of buying a home or being self sufficient. Clown world!
     
     
  7. Agree
    Van Lady reacted to Hopeful in Retire at 75   
    If employed work was enjoyable than many would enjoy working
    The thing is, most managers are wankers
    Even enjoyment in vocational work has been destroyed in most cases
    The self-employed often carry on well after state retiremnet.
  8. Agree
    Van Lady got a reaction from Chewing Grass in Retire at 75   
    IMO any policy makers who think that raising state pension age above 65 will solve social or economic problems is totally divorced from and unaware of the reality of life for the masses. Laughable.
    We’re all healthier, living longer, better medical care, work is good for you sound bites.......just a load of shite spouted by those with power.
    People of all generations will have to fight enmasse to secure a decent social contract otherwise the future for the majority is work until you die or be plunged into hell with little or no income. All those baying for benefit cuts should be careful what they wish for. Anyone’s life can turn on a sixpence at any moment from a variety of a reasons. 
    The majority of workers in the uk simply can’t put enough by to retire at a decent age, say 65, because they aren’t paid enough. If disaster strikes then people who have contributed for many years find out that the benefit system isn’t an easy to access gravy train.
  9. Agree
    Van Lady got a reaction from Kurt Barlow in Retire at 75   
    It’s often posted on here that it’s easy to get awarded benefits. Perhaps it is for the generational type of person who knows the system and how to work it 
    I could post many anecdotes about people who’ve worked since leaving school/uni until illness strikes then they are refused benefits. Recent tale was from an NHS worker who struggled for around three years with an illness that severely curtailed all activities. Eventually the NHS retired her through ill health because they deemed their was no prospect of any type of other employment in the NHS.
    She was denied ESA and PIP. Her husband is a manual worker and struggling on in a job. Both 58, not obese, don’t smoke and social drinkers.
    Lucky for them they have her nhs pension which is around a state pension annual sum plus for now husbands wages for as long as he can stock it. Also lucky that they had a paid for home that allowed downsizing to a one bed place.
    This is a situation that, IMO, the government needs to address. Regarding evidence it would seem to me that if the nhs can’t find any job whatsoever to employ an ailing person that should ensure a claim for benefits is awarded.
    There are many less fortunate people than that couple who get dealt a bad hand by life and they also are being denied benefits. I’ve heard some real horror stories from people who have worked life long and found out when disaster strikes that there is no safety net.
    It’s all very well saying that people should work and make a secure life for themselves with no thought of claiming a benefit....that  definition includes state pension now it’s regarded as a benefit......but the simple fact is that the majority of jobs in the uk these days barely pay enough to get by and no chance of buying a home or being self sufficient. Clown world!
     
     
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    Van Lady reacted to Virgil Caine in Retire at 75   
    The usual suspects on Twitter are running with it which raises the suspicion level. 
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    Van Lady reacted to Long time lurking in Retire at 75   
    I get the feeling this is a hit piece on BJ
     
    He`s been in the job five minutes and he already has a favourite think tank
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    Van Lady got a reaction from One percent in The pain of EBay   
    As mentioned above clearing deceased parents home was an eyeopener. There was decent stuff that was given to interested people and some stuff was given to local charity shop but to be honest quite a lot was taken to the dump. It was a sad task to take some of their stuff to the dump but it prompted me to be ruthless and get rid of a lot of stuff from my own home.
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    Van Lady reacted to MrPin in Retire at 75   
    The problem is, will you get the work?
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    Van Lady reacted to Wight Flight in Retire at 75   
    Yes. May managed to throw her majority by proposing to take old folks houses off them. This is even more suicidal.
    But is it actually supported by Boris, or by those that want him defeated?
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    Van Lady reacted to One percent in Retire at 75   
    Well we are all clear as to what is happening. What are we doing other than rant on here?  How exactly do you stop paying for it other than to give up work?
    i try and do my bitand will only pay for work on a cash in hand basis. Do I feel guilty about “cheating “ the system? Do I fuck?  The social contract has been broken. Fuck ‘em. 
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    Van Lady reacted to ad_ceng in Retire at 75   
    the economy has been geared up to need two salaries for most families to just about get buy and then they have large mortgages and large credit card bills. It is all the opposite if what we should be doing. 
     
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    Van Lady got a reaction from MrPin in The pain of EBay   
    As mentioned above clearing deceased parents home was an eyeopener. There was decent stuff that was given to interested people and some stuff was given to local charity shop but to be honest quite a lot was taken to the dump. It was a sad task to take some of their stuff to the dump but it prompted me to be ruthless and get rid of a lot of stuff from my own home.
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    Van Lady reacted to MrPin in The pain of EBay   
    Been there too.
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    Van Lady reacted to Caravan Monster in The pain of EBay   
    I too have been disposing of my unused items and clutter and have been very pleased with increased space and efficiency, it is a worthwhile endeavour. Shifting the tat my parents have been storing for decades and  believed to be of value was an eye opener in that virtually all of it was unsaleable or of such little value not really worth the bother. We recently cleared the house of an elderly relative who has gone into a home. Her house was quite decently furnished and in the end furniture that would have cost many thousands back in the day covered two weeks nursing home fees.
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    Van Lady reacted to Virgil Caine in Retire at 75   
    The problem for the government is that it is a contributory benefit. Changing that has major implications for all benefits as I don’t think people who are getting nothing out of the benefit system are going to be willing to pay for the rest for very long. 
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    Van Lady reacted to Virgil Caine in Retire at 75   
    It is kite flying by a Think Tank but I notice many on here are already adjusting their expectations as if it was fact. The truth is that such changes require legislation which in the current state of British politics is unlikely to get through any Parliament in the near future. I am not expecting the next GE to produce anything but another hung Parliament.
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    Van Lady reacted to M S E Refugee in Retire at 75   
    The biggest problem where I work is all the 60 somethings that refuse to retire unless they get a pay off.
    I work with people who have over 40 years service who are in receipt of their Work Pension,State Pension,Salary do overtime and still say they can't afford to retire.
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    Van Lady reacted to Wight Flight in Retire at 75   
    This is just a way of making the pension means tested. 
    That is all.
    There will be no pension. You will work until you are only fit for the knackers yard. At which point you can claim disability benefit. Unless you have assets.
    At least now the truth is out and we can all plan accordingly.
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    Van Lady reacted to Frank Hovis in Retire at 75   
    That this has been said to me several times in RL means that I accept that it is true.
    The company will not collapse and founder when I am no longer there.
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    Van Lady reacted to The XYY Man in Retire at 75   
    I am no longer able to do my job - having been far too good at it for the benefit of my health.
    But while I am off work, some cunt else is doing it.
    Better or worse than me is debatable.
    But that the graveyard is full of indispensable people is not up for negotiation...
     
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