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Today’s talking point


MUCH has been said about the price of fuel. Much has been said about how those on low income, a living wage or benefits will struggle to heat and eat. But insufficient attention has been focused on pensioners who, with no ability to earn money from paid employment and perhaps little or no independent personal pension provision, have to survive on perhaps £150 per week. We are told that it is now costing £100 to fill a car with petrol, that the living wage is insufficient to survive, that people in full-time work have still to claim benefits. Has anyone tried to live on less than £200 per week, paying rent, rates, heating, clothes and food, let alone the electricity to run a TV or petrol for a car? It is not an answer to suggest that supplementary benefits might kick in. The old age pension is simply unfit for purpose. Two and a half years was stolen from women a few years ago, the triple lock removed. The indexation does not properly reflect inflation which is always manipulated down. Britain pays its old pitifully less than the rest of Europe. It is high time that the old age pension was revised to reflect today’s true living costs and honestly indexed to RPI – and then reviewed and revised every six months. Pensioners are an ignored section of our country. It is simply cruel to expect pensioners to suffer on such a low fixed income.

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Neil Sherry
Neil Sherry
Neil Sherry was the creative director and chairman of an advertising agency he founded in Manchester. He now paints.

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