In Chancellor George Osborne’s recent budget Statement, Mr Osborne, said this, and I quote. "We will also address the rising costs of an ageing population, and the burden this places on future generations."
Well, George Osborne really has shown his true Tory colours here.
Not only has this Tory Chancellor arrogantly refered to our elderly people as a “burden”, he has decided to increase the basic State pensions via a miserly £5.30 from this April, taking the State pension to around £102.95p a week if my maths are correct, while keeping means testing in place, but he wants to give future pensions a £140 basic State pension based on contributions.
It is today’s generation of pensioners who have made all the sacrifices, whilst the oldest pensioners came through the War years. Tomorrows generation of pensioners have had to make no such sacrifices, yet they will be paid a £140 State pension based on work and contributions.
What about today’s unemployed, how will they contribute to their State pension ? How will they be able to afford a private pension ?
The Tory’s beginning under Margaret Thatcher over 30 years ago, care nothing for the most vulnerable in our society.
Thatcher proved this when she broke the State pensions link with male average earnings in 1980, and George Osborne proved it by refering to our elderly people as “burdens”.
This Tory Chancellor, has deliberately placed a wedge between today’s generation of workers and today’s generation of pensioners.
The countries of Europe revere their elderly people, , and State pensions are higher because of this, and with no means testing. And the European people are consolidated and all fight for their rights, because their rights are sacrosanct to them, there are no such social divisions in Europe as there are here in Britain, and there is no Ageism in European countries, like there is in Britain. There is no consolidation in Britain when it comes to “Pensioners Rights”.
It is a disgrace that Multi-millionaire Tory Chancellor, George Osborne has branded the elderly as a “burden”.
Let’s be frank about this. We have in power thanks to Nick Clegg and his ministers, a right wing Tory Government who are continuing to demonize our elderly people, millions of whom are living on the breadline, and have been since the 80’s, and their situation will not be helped by this miserly State pension increase in April, of £5.35 p a week, because of ever higher Utilities and food prices.
This act of brutality towards Britain’s 12 million pensioners will not be forgotten at the next general. It will certainly do Osborne and his cohorts long-term, harm.
And this tax break for the super-rich, will be two acts that define George Osborne for years to come.
Responsible department: Department for Work and Pensions
The Government must fund elderly people's rights to free residential Care paid for by the State because our elderly people have paid into the system all their working lives, and Government must also pay all pensioners now and in the future, a much higher basic state pension by restoring the National Insurance Act born of a Labour Government in 1974 which linked increases in the State pension to male average earnings, or The Retail Price Index ( RPI), whichever the greater. In 1975, the then Labour Government passed the "Social Security Act", introducing a State Earnings Related Pensions Scheme, this was considered in the pensions industry, the most cost effective scheme ever.
Also, I have written to my local papers to promote this petition, I received this email today from a pensioner in a block of flats for the aged, please read this too, and you will see why people with computer access must get involved and sign this petition on behalf of others who cannot.
Thank you for reading my message, please sign this petition. Any questions feel free to ask ?.
Also, please let me know your feelings about the way this and previous Government’s treat our elderly people.
I think that the real person is the flood of Free Loaders pouring into this country who have never contributed and have no intention of doing so. As an Almost pensioner I have contributed at least for at least forty five years. Of course, thats not Politically Correct, is it?
Mr Gale, so you believe that Asylum seekers and Eastern immigrants, what you call "freeloaders", come to this country and go straight onto welfare benefits do you ?
Like you, i'm also, almost a pensioners, and I would be interested in your constructive answer to my question please.
No, I believe that they work for six months to get into the Benefits system and then start to claim (like my neighbour).
These people are not genuine Asylum Seekers they are Economic Migrants, come because they see a chance for a better standard of living. One cannot blame them for that but the country is creaking under the strain.
Even if these people start to pay taxes immediately that cannot equal what they, their dependant relatives and their children are taking out.
Of course, none of that is a problem, its the pensioners, isnt it.
I wonder how close to this problem (and it is a problem) you really are. Do you live in one of the inner cuity boroughs? I think not.
Mr Gale, Eastern European immigrants cant claim any welfare benefits until they have worked for one full year without being unemployed, then they only get 1 / 3rd what British claimants get.
Asylum seekers dont get money, they get vouchers and by law they are not allowed to work.
I personally dont have any truck against immigrants coming here to work. What I have a problem with is a British public who largely have for one reason and another, let their own country go to the dogs without protest in working class solidarity.
We arent like the German's and the French, we just let things happen then moan, while the German's the French, and the Geeks, riot.
What the British public need is to unite behind a leader. However, anyone who votes for extremism, at either end of the political spectrum, is asking for everything that they, and the rest of us, get.
However, to return to the original topic. I do not believe that the pensioner who, in most cases, has put into the system, can be described as a burden. As previously stated I believe that, mainly because of membership of the European Union, the country is now overpopulated with more revenue going out than is coming in. The welfare system is not a bottomless pocket but, as I am sure that you realise, is, through mediocre management and general inefficiency, open to abuse from unscrupulous prsons.
Your first paragraph I completely agree with.
The Tory's have coined this word "burden", because they dont believe in either the State pension or the role of the State, they only believe in "private"..
I dont believe our country is over populated. You should Google how many British people go to live in Europe every year, and how many immigrants return to their native countries. You will be shocked methinks.
Its strange about the welfare system not being a bottomless pit. Yet we can spend £9.8 billion a year upholding third world countries. £50 plus million a day to the EU. And we can fight wars in the middle East.
And all this while we demonize our unemployed, with now 20 people maybe more, chasing one job.
I never agreed with joining the European Union and believe that we should leave.
I agree with your point about upholding third world countries - that money would be better spent at home. We should stop trying to play on the world stage.
I think that your point about 20 people chasing each job goes some way to proving my point about over population. Too many people, too few jobs. I could start a separate point about Eastern Europeans being willing to work for less money but I am afraid that I must leave it there for tonight as I have to go my work in the morning.
Good night to you.
The reason there arent the jobs is because the right wing of the Tory party having been in power for over 30 years since Thatcher, have and are removing the role of the state, its not a question of too many people, its a question of too few jobs.
The Tory's always create mass unemployment as an inflationary tool. Unlike the EU, Britain no longer have a manufacturing or industry base, our system is low waged, short term, and insecure.
Europe and immigrants dont come into things.
It is our own fault, ie we British, that the state of our country is such as it is. We cant keep blaming immigrants for coming here to work, when we can go work in Europe if we wish.
This is called freedom of movement in employment.
Incidently, I dont believe we British should have an in, or out, referendum, because we would be making uninformed choices due to not being told any of the positives of Europe.
Today in 21st century Britain's basic State pension for our elderly people to live on is just £97 65 a week.
This has occurred as a result of Margaret Thatcher breaking the link with earnings in 1980 - a policy that right-wing New Labour did not reverse - and means it equates to just 16 per cent of the national average wage.
This is because the Government says it can't afford to increase the state pension. Yet the government can afford to means test pensioners at a greater cost to the tax payer than the restoration of the earnings link.
The annual cost of delivering the means-tested Pension Credit per person is £53.70 compared with only £5.40 for the basic state pension, according to the report from the Public Accounts Committee, Tackling Pensioner Poverty: Encouraging Take-up of Benefits, 2003.
This, coupled with a National Insurance 'surplus' in excess of £40bn, which is set to increase to £74.1bn by 2012, is an assurance that the Government could easily re-link the state pension to male average earnings if it so desired.
So an increase in the state pension and the restoration of the link with earnings is affordable, and is justified.