Thursday, 25 January 2018

The March of Time and the HMRC

Last Saturday a small brown envelope dropped through my letterbox from the HMRC.

I was not expecting this so imagine my surprise when I opened it to see the notification date of when I can retire and take the state element of my pension.

The 28th of March 2026 to be exact.

I must confess that it came as a little bit of a shock - I don't know why as I shall be 58 this year so retirement is not exactly an unknown quantity that is steadily looming over the horizon - as seeing it in black and white and officially means that it is on its way.

It made me feel a little uneasy and, to be honest, disappointed as I still feel as though I have things to do and contributions to make before the day - so best I get motivated then!

8 comments:

Arthur Harman said...

Just pray that you don't receive a similar letter in a few years'time stating that your pension date has been put back still further...

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

You and I are the same age - I'm 58 this year too.. my work pension allows me to go in 3 years time - I shall go the very morning I'm 61 without a backward glance... I work for an American corporation who demand a lot, pay well, I work hard for, but won't even notice I'm gone so I don't kid myself they'll care.. work is just for earning money to allow a life outside of work... :o)

David Crook said...

Hi Arthur,

The letter did have the caveat about 'under the current legislation' so I take your point....:-)

All the best,

DC

David Crook said...

Hi Steve,

I know what you man about US companies - top dollar but they want their pound of flesh.

You are right about earning money for life outside - it was the outside part I need to get busy with!

All the best,

DC

Geordie an Exiled FoG said...

I consider I stand on the shoulders of giants in all that I try ro do mate and you are you of them, a rock solid gamer ;)
Thank you!

Tail End Charlie said...

David,

Well at least 2026 is a ways off! I feel as if I am in a time warp and time just keeps going faster and faster! I remember in my youth the days would just drag on and on and I wished to be a grown up!

David Crook said...

Hiya Tail End Charlie,

I must confess that the last 40 years since I moved away from my birthplace seem to have flown by! I still have lots of things to do and so the letter served as a timely reminder that I need to get a move on.

All the best,

DC

David Crook said...

Hi Geordie,

Awww shucks....you are making me blush.

I suppose first and foremost I am more of a wargames thinker than a doer - which is something I am conscious that I need to address.

All the best,

DC