As many of you know, Chris died on 20 January. Yesterday I emptied our post box in town and found we had both received 'Proof of Life' demands from DWP in UK. This is a new thing for people who live outside UK but are in receipt of UK pensions. I have two pensions: state and teachers'; and the latter sends me a similar proof of life form every five years. However the DWP form is new, no doubt part of a catch the fraudsters and thus save money initiative. The form for my teachers' pension could be witnessed by anyone along the lines of a passport application form. The DWP form lists the people who can witness and not only must they sign off they must also provide an 'official stamp'. None of this is a problem for me, my bank manager will do it and I will go and see her to get it done on Friday. But poor Chris couldn't have signed it himself, let alone made it to the bank for the 'sign in presence of witness' procedure. And whilst we have a very friendly bank manager, I doubt she would have come out to thenhouse bearing the bank's stamp! The forms are dated 10 January and we have eight weeks to return them. He timed his departure well. I thought I'd let you all know about this in case anyone else is in a similar situation - Sasha?
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