DWP writes eight-page letter to cut Dave's pension by a penny

GOVERNMENT bureaucrats have sent an eight-page letter to a man to tell him his pension is being cut by just a penny a week.

Dave Welldon  has received an eight-page letter from the DWP cutting his pension by a penny a week. Picture: Ross Parry Agency
Dave Welldon has received an eight-page letter from the DWP cutting his pension by a penny a week. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Former engineer Dave Welldon, 65, who retired last June, was told his weekly income would drop from £148.23 to £148.22.

After being adjusted for inflation his pension will be £151.57 from April - 1p a week less than expected.

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The miniscule deduction was made after the Department for Work and Pensions found a shortfall in his National Insurance contributions.

Dave Welldon has received an eight-page letter from the DWP cutting his pension by a penny a week. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

But Mr Welldon, of East Ardsley, Wakefield, said the cost of posting the lengthy letter would be more than they take off him in a year.

He said: “If I live to be 100 then 52p a year for 35 years is only £18.

“People who are working are paying for my state pension. That’s what grieves me about it.

“If you work it out, from when I retired in June to when they changed it, it’s 37p.”

Dave Welldon has received an eight-page letter from the DWP cutting his pension by a penny a week. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Despite the 1p cut, the DWP said Mr Welldon may still be able to get more pension credits to help make up the shortfall.

A DWP spokesman said: “Mr Welldon’s pension has changed, based on updated information from his National Insurance record.

“We have a duty to the taxpayer to be accurate with all our benefit payments, and a duty to the individual to inform them of the changes - no matter how small.”