Pensions for ex-prisoners


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terryw

A short article in The Sunday Mirror stated ex-prisoners face pension cuts
as NICs are not paid whilst in jail but prison reformers want taxpayers to
pick up the bill.

I am genuinely perplexed. AIUI anyone can miss about five years NIC without
the basic pension being affected but in any case the Minimum Income
Guarantee will kick in and an income (either pension or MIG) is therefore
certain after retirement age.

Have I missed something?

terryw
 
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Robin T Cox

A short article in The Sunday Mirror stated ex-prisoners face pension
cuts as NICs are not paid whilst in jail but prison reformers want
taxpayers to pick up the bill.

I am genuinely perplexed. AIUI anyone can miss about five years NIC
without the basic pension being affected but in any case the Minimum
Income Guarantee will kick in and an income (either pension or MIG) is
therefore certain after retirement age.

Have I missed something?

terryw
My understanding is the same as yours: Pension Credit is not a
contribution-based benefit like JSA (contribution-based), but (like its
predecessor Income Support) is a means-related benefit. I can find no
mention of contributions in the Age Concern fact sheet:
http://www.ageconcern.org.uk/AgeConcern/media/FS48Version2.pdf
 
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Mike

Robin said:
My understanding is the same as yours: Pension Credit is not a
contribution-based benefit like JSA (contribution-based), but (like its
predecessor Income Support) is a means-related benefit. I can find no
mention of contributions in the Age Concern fact sheet:
http://www.ageconcern.org.uk/AgeConcern/media/FS48Version2.pdf
Pensions credit is not calc based on NICs however as the savings credit
element is calculated using most incomes received between two thresholds
(inc RP but not IB) someone entitled to less RP could get less PC.

MIke
 
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Andy Pandy

terryw said:
A short article in The Sunday Mirror stated ex-prisoners face pension cuts
as NICs are not paid whilst in jail but prison reformers want taxpayers to
pick up the bill.

I am genuinely perplexed. AIUI anyone can miss about five years NIC without
the basic pension being affected but in any case the Minimum Income
Guarantee will kick in and an income (either pension or MIG) is therefore
certain after retirement age.

Have I missed something?
The state pension is not means tested, whereas the MIG (or rather Pension Credit
which replaces it) is means tested.

So a works pension or savings could mean they'd get no pension credit. So
missing out on NICs could result in a "pension cut" as the article states.
 

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