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khastan

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  1. Having read 20 pages of this topic I am appalled at the smug "I am all right jack attitude" of some of the posts I have read. The people that post negative and unhelpful comments to a topic, which no doubt to some will be life changing would do well to remember the poem pasted below, especially the last line. First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
  2. khastan

    carers allowance

    If so this ends on the 3rd April 2020. Any UK expats married to a Thai lady who are currently receiving this allowance for them in their Government state pension will suddenly find themselves 37%-38% poorer per month!
  3. khastan

    carers allowance

    Do mean dependents allowance
  4. khastan

    UK pensions-life certificate

    It surprised me I can tell you! The lack of efficiency and accountability in many government departments is astounding nowadays and seems to be getting worse. With regards to Wolverhampton mail center. A great deal of DWP correspondence apparently now goes to the Wolverhampton Mail Center. I think the DWP has a contract with the Post Office to open letters and then scan them to computer. New DWP postal addresses As you may be aware the DWP now has a contract with the Royal Mail to open letters and scan them onto computer. As part of this process a lot of the old addresses that you sent mail to have been changed to either "Mail Handling Site A" or "Post Handling Site B". Both are Wolverhampton addresses BUT there are a range of postcodes for each site depending on just which office the mail is intended for. So you need to be careful which postcode you use. Many, but not all, Jobcentres are now also using these Wolverhampton mail opening sites.
  5. khastan

    UK pensions-life certificate

    In any email I send them I always quote their reference number and my NI number. They know exactly who they are talking too. I suggest the reason they are so reluctant or refuse to correspond by email is like many government departments is for accountability for their actions!
  6. khastan

    UK pensions-life certificate

    Exactly what I was told in 2016 but I also asked them to confirm this by email, which at that time they were quite happy to do.
  7. khastan

    UK pensions-life certificate

    That is exactly what I did initially in 2016 and look where that got me. Copied and pasted below is the reply I received eventually. I have sent several emails to the various addresses I had asking them to confirm receipt of my latest Life Certificate but have had no replies. I think it is quite probable like a previous member has already stated that they are refusing to communicate by email now. Thank you for your email dated 28 October 2016 which has been passed to the Customer Service Support Team to reply to. Please accept my sincere apologies for the stress that this has caused you. A Life certificate form was issued to you on 12 June 2016 ,you promptly returned it to us and it was received in this office on 12 July 2016 and you received confirmation of this on 21 July 2016. The timescale for receipt of the life Certificate has now been extended to 16 weeks and a prompt will automatically issue a further written request to the customer if we have not received the completed form. It would appear that as the second request for your life certificate was issued from this office on 04 October 2016 some 16 weeks later, this is what has happened in this instance. As soon as we processed your Life Certificate in July 2016 measures should have been taken to avoid this further request automatically being made but unfortunately on this occasion it has regrettably been overlooked. I can confirm that there has been no effect on your pension payments which are continuing to be paid as normal . I am very sorry for the inconvenience caused.
  8. khastan

    UK pensions-life certificate

    In 2016 the Life Certificate I returned was confirmed received and that my account had been updated by email. I then received a letter much later informing me that my pension had been stopped due to them not receiving the Life Certificate they had informed me previously had been received ! So good luck confirming anything by telephone with them.
  9. khastan

    UK pensions-life certificate

    Has anybody got the current email address for the Life Certificate team please?
  10. khastan

    UK pensions-life certificate

    Yes I fully agree with you but the only reason I went to a Thai lawyer is because after the bank manager refused to witness she told my missus she has to go to a lawyer and recommended the one I used.
  11. khastan

    UK pensions-life certificate

    To add fuel to the fire the lawyer that witnessed mine insisted it be signed in front of them and dated the same date has her witnessing it. She also took photo copies of my passport and completed Life Certificate. She even gave me a receipt for the 2000 baht I shelled out for her witnessing it. I told her they never check but she said they might do and that is why she has taken copies of everything.
  12. khastan

    UK pensions-life certificate

    A word of advice to any member living in Nong Khai who has an account with Bangkok Bank, don't waste your time taking your Life Certificate for the manager to witness. I have just tried it, the result point blank refusal by the manager to witness, she said she was not authorized and could not do it and that I had to contact a local lawyer. She pointed me in the direction of one who then stung me for 2000 baht to witness my Life Certificate! The phrase "a fool and his money are soon parted" springs to mind!
  13. khastan

    UK pensions-life certificate

    I received one this morning also.
  14. khastan

    Request for information from Natwest bank

    Many thanks dabhand for your helpful post. With regard to how you responded to the initial requests for a TIN I think my reply is going to be the following. "I am retired 74 year old and do not work. Furthermore I derive no income whatsoever from Thailand so I have no need for a TIN." What do you think?
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    Request for information from Natwest bank

    No in 11 years living here never been asked to submit a tax return. Has I have already said my total yearly income is below the current UK tax threshold for paying tax.
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