UK Pension Service - Life Certificate

Discussion in 'Thai Widows & Expats' started by nomad97, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member

    I have just received my second letter from the UK Pension Service in 2 years asking me to complete a 'Life Certificate' confirming that I am still alive. As before, they ask that a responsible person from a list of professions countersign the form. Do Thai Widows & Expats have the necessary standing to countersign these forms and, if so, how much to they charge for this service.

    P.S. The last time I received such a letter I seem to remember that most other UK Expats receiving a State Pension received similar requests at the same time too.
     
  2. CO-CO

    CO-CO Surin Legend

    I have just signed five of these.


    They must be having their 2 year purge at the DWP.


    The number is not likely to be excessive and I quite happy, at the moment, to sign these without charge.

    Nomad, I will PM you with the way forward; if any other Brit receives one of these life certificates please PM me.
     
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  3. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member

    Many thanks Ray.
     
  4. Yorky

    Yorky Surin Legend

    I appreciate that you may not believe this, but I am considered a responsible person within that list. And I live just around the corner!
     
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  5. CO-CO

    CO-CO Surin Legend



    I can't think why I didn't think of you first Yorky....................:blush:
     
  6. Yorky

    Yorky Surin Legend

    Ha ha, bloody ha!
     
  7. Prakhonchai Nick

    Prakhonchai Nick Surin Legend

    Your countersignatory must either:

    • work in (or be retired from) a recognised profession
    • be ‘a person of good standing in their community’

    Examples of recognised professions include:

    • accountant
    • airline pilot
    • articled clerk of a limited company
    • assurance agent of recognised company
    • bank/building society official
    • barrister
    • chairman/director of limited company
    • chiropodist
    • commissioner for oaths
    • councillor, eg local or county
    • civil servant (permanent)
    • dentist
    • director/manager/personnel officer of a VAT-registered company
    • engineer - with professional qualifications
    • financial services intermediary, eg a stockbroker or insurance broker
    • fire service official
    • funeral director
    • insurance agent (full time) of a recognised company
    • journalist
    • Justice of the Peace
    • legal secretary - fellow or associate member of the Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs
    • licensee of public house
    • local government officer
    • manager/personnel officer of a limited company
    • member, associate or fellow of a professional body
    • Member of Parliament
    • Merchant Navy officer
    • minister of a recognised religion - including Christian Science
    • nurse - RGN or RMN
    • officer of the armed services
    • optician
    • paralegal - certified paralegal, qualified paralegal or associate member of the Institute of Paralegals
    • person with honours, eg an OBE or MBE
    • pharmacist
    • photographer - professional
    • police officer
    • Post Office official
    • president/secretary of a recognised organisation
    • Salvation Army officer
    • social worker
    • solicitor
    • surveyor
    • teacher, lecturer
    • trade union officer
    • travel agent - qualified
    • valuer or auctioneer - fellows and associate members of the incorporated society
    • Warrant Officers and Chief Petty Officers
     
  8. Yorky

    Yorky Surin Legend

    Although I feature in that list one must consider the two words:

    "Examples" and "include".
     
  9. CO-CO

    CO-CO Surin Legend


    Academic Yorky, I am sure that you qualify on the 'good standing' criteria.
     
  10. Yorky

    Yorky Surin Legend

    I fit into three of the criteria on the list. Not too sure about the "good standing" though. I have been described as an expert at "falling down" in the past.
     
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  11. johnb

    johnb Surin Legend

    I received a request for proof of life from Department of Pensions yesterday. I prevailed upon a Thai tennis chum from a distinguished profession to be my witness. As Coco says, they must be doing a purge.
     
  12. Yorky

    Yorky Surin Legend

    I've not had one yet this year, from either pension provider.
     
  13. Prakhonchai Nick

    Prakhonchai Nick Surin Legend

    I too received the letter -first in 7 years. My former employer have requested 2 since I turned 65
     
  14. ColinW

    ColinW Surin Legend

    I also got a similar letter yesterday
     
  15. Yorky

    Yorky Surin Legend

    Last year I received the request from my company pension provider around mid December, dated November (no specific date) requesting that I respond latest 31 st December. I advised them by email that they may not receive the completed form by that date given that the Christmas post would play a part; but I posted it anyway and also attached a scan of the form to the email. In February I was informed that the scan was sufficient because they had not received the original in the post. Last month, I received an email requesting that I send the original again in the post in order to keep their records up to date.
     
  16. Yorky

    Yorky Surin Legend

    Obviously I ignored the email.
     
  17. Ivor the Engine

    Ivor the Engine Administrator

    Blimey, even I fit in that list but I wouldn't join a club that would have me as a member!!!!


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  18. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member

    According to Nick's list of occupations, I still retain the rank of Squadron Leader and should be an acceptable witness. Unless things have changed, I do not have to put (ret'd) after my rank. Junior officers below that rank have to put (ret'd) after their rank.

    So, I am just around the corner and if you need a signature please ask. Could I countersign my own Life Certificate, I am qualified and still alive? Just asking, LOL.
     
  19. adam

    adam Surin Legend

    I'll sign it, what is it?

    I'm on the list, I don't know why it doesn't say just get it signed by anyone!!

    I hope I live long enough to get a few of those letters!!
     
  20. Ivor the Engine

    Ivor the Engine Administrator

    Is anyone NOT eligible to sign the form?


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