“Having today reached my 80th birthday, I have received notification that my state pension is to be increased by an age addition of 25p per week. “I am writing to thank you for this generous increase. “However, in view of the current economic state of the country, I feel I would in some way like to contribute towards helping the recovery of the recession. “Therefore I enclose my first week’s increase, which I trust you will be able to put to good use.”The real shocker in this story is that Brown actually sent the money back. The over-80s Age Addition allowance has been 25p a week since it was introduced by Ted Heath in 1971.