A pensioner’s dilemma
I am a retired public servant and as such I am receiving a pension and the usual NIS benefit. I now wish to make a few observations, ask a few questions and make a few suggestions.
(1) The observations: At a former time a retired person had to fill out a form once a year, sign it and then let it be certified by some person of the Government’s choice. Now it is twice a year. As an alternative you can go in person to one of these institutions. Difficult for someone who is ageing!
(2) These offices (The Treasury and the NIS) are now computer equipped and can transfer information in real time. Certificates of Birth, Marriage and Death are now electronically produced.
(3) The questions: (a) why can’t the Government correlate all three or cross-reference them. After all,we have computers! (b) Why can’t Government simplify the process of knowing whether a public servant is dead or alive in real time?
(4) The suggestion: This is in relation to the challenging need for the aged and ageing pensioner. Upgrade the offices where death certificates are issued. Let the certificate be modified to include the deceased employment status and send it at once to the relevant pension authority.
We know this system may not apply to people who have migrated. Is the banking system better at transmitting real-time information than the Government?