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Fairness and Security in Old Age

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:41 pm on 10th September 2003.

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Photo of Neil Turner Neil Turner Labour, Wigan 2:41 pm, 10th September 2003

She wanted me to do it because she has problems with her hearing. I was happy to do it and it took about 10 minutes. There were no byzantine forms to fill in and the only difficulty was trying to find out her national insurance number. The payment came through in about a fortnight and was backdated. The difficulties outlined by the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam do not exist. The form-filling and other obstacles that he described do not happen for the majority of pensioners. They may arise in the Pension Service, but not for the person making the application.