Winter fuel allowance 2019 - how does it work?
1 Posts Last Activity 19/11/2019
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Hi, this will be the first year I'm entitled to winter fuel allowance. Will I get a letter first and as anyone received theirs yet.
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What to do when we retire
3 Posts Last Activity 06/11/2019
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After a 40 year career, I'm months away from retiring. I'm not sure what I'm going to do and it is daunting. I've thought about mentoring, and volunteering but I'm really not sure. Does anyone have any tips on what do - what do you do that brings the most satisfaction?
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Francophiles - living in France!
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Are there many Silver Surfers who have retired to France permanently during the last few years? We had a place in the south of France for 3 years during early retirement...sold it c.2006 because it seemed to be getting busier each year and we wished we had bought further north once we had visited all the local sites...a more rural environment being more us! However it was fun whilst it lasted! Now I am on my own I still have a yen to go back to France for visits...probably Brittany area as never went beyond Normandy then south. If you live there now how do you think Brexit will affect you (if it ever [email protected]) and do you plan to stay? Interested to chat with any Brits living in France if they have the time!
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1950s women
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So sorry to see the Backto60 women lost their court case. They are now crowdfunding an appeal if anyone is interested. I think they should have concentrated more on how it wasn't an even playing field for women to begin with. Many 50s women didn't have the opportunity to save for a pension. I stayed at home with my children (had to make many sacrifices) until the youngest was school age. We couldn't afford any childcare and had no family who I could rely on. When I went back to work it had to fit in with the children so I was never able to save for my retirement. I was aware of the change but I don't remember getting a letter informing me. I have to wait 6 years for my state pension and even though I have managed to get ill-health retirement I have to rely on benefits to live. That means having to go through the stress of the dreaded asessments every couple of years!! If anyone wants to know about the way in which we 50s women were discriminated against, here's an example. I went for an interview in the 70s. I was very young and was being interviewed for a library job. I had been married a few years and one of the men said, 'Are you thinking of getting pregnant?' He obviously assumed that because I had been married a few years that I would be starting a family!! For all he knew I or my husband could have been unable to have children. The fact that the question was so personal didn't seem to occur to him!! I was dumbfounded and needless to say didn't get the job!!
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Enough is Enough
5 Posts Last Activity 29/07/2019
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As retirement approaches, I am spending more time at home. Watching daytime TV is unbelievably depressing so much so that I really pity people who are housebound. In every single break between programmes we get adverts for funerals, life insurance, cancer charities, animal charities to name but a few. This is not right and must be stopped, being elderly and frail can be depressing enough, People watch TV as a means of escape, they should not have to deal with constant reminders of their ill health and mortality. Silversurfers should petition the government and powers that be in TV to stop this abuse of the elderly they deserve better than to be constantly reminded to save for their funerals.
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How much income do you think you need for a modest or comfortable retirement?
3 Posts Last Activity 03/02/2019
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I am thinking of returning home to the UK from abroad after 8 years, but there is a lot to consider, not least whether I will have enough income to live there. Just wondering whether anyone has any figures on what would be considered an adequate retirement income.
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Relocating to the seaside
8 Posts Last Activity 08/02/2019
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Hello, I’m new to this site and hope I have posted this correctly. My husband and I are both retired and both in our 60s, we have 2 grown up children and 3 grandchildren living locally but we have always wanted to move to the seaside on the south coast, and the children are fully behind us, trouble is deciding where to go to, we are looking between Poole and Worthing, we know someone who lives in West Wittering but that is all so a completely new beginning for us. We realise that we will have to join clubs and socialise to meet and make new friends and maybe even going to church. We are also considering getting another dog, we last had one 15 years ago, but would love another one. Has anyone retired to Poole Bournemouth or Worthing and can give us some feedback about the area?
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Retirement Homes & Fees
1 Posts Last Activity 30/01/2019
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Hello, I couldn't find a thread on retirement homes so started a new one.... I am looking into retirement home purchase and the associated fees eg if the home is sold. My questions are; 1. Have you recently purchased a retirement home and know about event fees/exit fees eg 1% needs to be paid when the property is re-sold? At what stage of the purchase were you made aware of these? Estate agents or solicitors? 2. What has your experience been of buying a retirement home and especially understanding the fees? 3. Were you given fee information in a clear format? 4. would you prefer the fee information in written format or access it electronically 5. Do you use the website Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) to find advice and information on accommodation ? Thank you RSZara
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Retirement - So what's it like?
10 Posts Last Activity 18/10/2018
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Seems everyone I know is retiring and there's me, thinking about it but .... so what's it like, this retirement lark?
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Get away from the British winter - any ideas?
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Thinking of renting somewhere long term abroad over the winter. Any ideas/tips? Ideally would prefer a country eg France/Spain instead of being stuck on one island.
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