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Means testing pensioners cost more than the current level of basic State pension.

Hi, take a read of this. Here are a few facts for you, which destroy the Tory rant that an ever aging population is a major problem, it is not.                          The annual cost of delivering…Continue

Started Dec 5, 2012

Britain does not revere it's elderly people. Europe does.
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Millions of elderly people are living in poverty in Britain today because  The basic State pension is simply too low at £97.65p a week, and you young  people have got this hardship to come when they…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Thompson Nov 3, 2012.

George Osborne's recent budget says our pensioners are a burden.
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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…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Thompson Nov 1, 2012.

 

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Michael Thompson replied to Grey Pride's discussion Older people in big houses - selfish?
"It's called the means test mate.  Across Europe State pensions are higher, and there's no need for means tested handouts."
Apr 2, 2013
Michael Thompson posted a blog post

My Web Site is dedicated to how badly pensioners have been treated in the UK since Margaret Thatcher came to power, over 30 years ago.

Hi, for those on here truly concerned about the elderly, please go to my website which is dedicated to how badly Britain's pensioners have been treated since Thatcher in the 80's, and Governments since, my site is free to join, and free to comment on all postings  http://pvc322.forumotion.co.ukand I would welcome comments about my site.  Thank you.See More
Jan 22, 2013
Michael Thompson replied to Susan Croft's discussion here we go again.
"Hi Tony, we dont need a minister, they are all patronisingly speaking from the same song sheet.  Pensioners need the backing of 60 million British people, to get the attention of the media. "
Jan 14, 2013
Michael Thompson posted a discussion

Means testing pensioners cost more than the current level of basic State pension.

Hi, take a read of this. Here are a few facts for you, which destroy the Tory rant that an ever aging population is a major problem, it is not.                          The annual cost of delivering the means-test Pension Credit per person per pensioner is £53.70. The annual cost of paying the State pension per person per pensioner is £5.40 according to the report from the Public Accounts Committee, Tackling Pensioner Poverty: Encouraging Take-up of Benefits, 2003. There is a National…See More
Dec 5, 2012
Michael Thompson commented on Grey Pride's video
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Grey Pride Day!

"We spend money around the world without batting an eye lid, yet older people are a problem ?????? Esther Rantzen should be making the case for the restoration of the State pensions link with male average earnings, and stop all this patronizing…"
Nov 29, 2012
Michael Thompson posted a blog post

The BBC TV Media are burying the plight of the elderly in this country.

As far as pensioners groups are concerned, there is The National Pensioners Convention.Age/UK/ Help the aged/ and Grey Pride/.The National Pensioners Convention which Im a member of, never ever gets featured on the BBC.The group have huge meetings in Brighton and Blackpool every year.  The BBC media rarely give it full coverage.What the plight of our elderly people need, is the full support of the entire country of 60 million people.  This is the only way to motivate our right wing politicians…See More
Nov 29, 2012
Michael Thompson shared Kathryn's blog post on Facebook
Nov 27, 2012
Michael Thompson commented on Kathryn's blog post Improving Grey Pride
" Barry Wiggins, I joined the Labour party as an activist in 1987 because I wanted to play my part in getting rid of Thatcher.  But when Tony Blair got in in 1997 and not only ditched Labour's  core values and beliefs, but…"
Nov 27, 2012
Michael Thompson commented on Kathryn's blog post Improving Grey Pride
" Jacqueline Kathleen Holding, It was in 1980, over 30 years ago, that Margaret Thatcher's then right wing Tory Government broke the link that kept State pensions increasing as British prosperity increased, and means testing was brought in…"
Nov 27, 2012
Michael Thompson commented on Kathryn's blog post Improving Grey Pride
"Hi Barry, what year did you become a Labour party member ?"
Nov 26, 2012
Michael Thompson commented on Grey Pride's blog post Campaign anniversary - We need a Minister for Older People now more than ever!
""""""""" The humble request for a Minister for Older People is something the government will be able to embrace without batting an eyelid and will become a fig leaf for inaction in the real…"
Nov 26, 2012
Michael Thompson commented on Grey Pride's blog post Campaign anniversary - We need a Minister for Older People now more than ever!
"Hi, look at where we are compared to European State pension payout percentages.  Europe arent "cost effective", European Government's spend more than double their GNP on State pensions. They spend 12 per cent Gross National…"
Nov 26, 2012
Michael Thompson commented on Grey Pride's blog post Campaign anniversary - We need a Minister for Older People now more than ever!
Nov 26, 2012
Michael Thompson commented on Grey Pride's blog post Campaign anniversary - We need a Minister for Older People now more than ever!
"Hi Kathryn, I agree with Diane, and Ill tell you why. David Cameron has an ideological Agenda here, that of running down the State in favour of privatisation and charities.  We are heading back to squaler at the bottom, and riches at the top,…"
Nov 26, 2012
Michael Thompson commented on Grey Pride's photo
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Michael Spencer with Esther Rantzen

"Esther Rantzen is not a good spokesperson for the elderly.  Because what the elderly need more than anything else, is a decent increase in their State pension, and I cannot see Ester Rantzen stating that she also should receive a much higher…"
Nov 26, 2012
Michael Thompson left a comment for Diane Langford
"The thing is Dianna, that you are exactly right.  Sites like this allow us to speak our minds. But when it comes to our elderly people and how they have suffered since the 80's, this country of 60 million people need to consolidate and…"
Nov 26, 2012

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My Web Site is dedicated to how badly pensioners have been treated in the UK since Margaret Thatcher came to power, over 30 years ago.

Hi, for those on here truly concerned about the elderly, please go to my website which is dedicated to how badly Britain's pensioners have been treated since Thatcher in the 80's, and Governments since, my site is free to join, and free to comment on all postings  http://pvc322.forumotion.co.uk

and I would welcome comments about my site.  Thank you.

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 13:04 — 10 Comments

The BBC TV Media are burying the plight of the elderly in this country.

As far as pensioners groups are concerned, there is The National Pensioners Convention.

Age/UK/ Help the aged/ and Grey Pride/.

The National Pensioners Convention which Im a member of, never ever gets featured on the BBC.

The group have huge meetings in Brighton and Blackpool every year.  The BBC media rarely give it full coverage.

What the plight of our elderly people need, is the full support of the entire country of 60 million…

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Posted on November 29, 2012 at 11:21

Europe shames Britain on care for the elderly.

Europe shames Britain on care for the elderly as we rank 17th out of 20 in list of money spent on our elders, says this article.

Successive governments have betrayed Britain’s pensioners by spending less on social care for the elderly than almost any other country in Europe.

Research which campaigners say ‘should…

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Posted on January 10, 2012 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

Winter deaths among the elderly.





“”Nine elderly people died every hour from cold-related

illnesses last winter against a background of soaring energy bills.



Official figures show the number of deaths linked to cold over the four-month

period reached







25,400 in England and Wales, plus 2,760 in Scotland.







Charities and energy company critics claim the UK has the highest winter death

rate in northern Europe, even worse than much colder countries…

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Posted on November 26, 2011 at 23:42 — 1 Comment

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At 13:29 on November 26, 2012, Diane Langford said…

Glad someone agrees! I'm pleased to hear you are going to stand on this issue. Apparently when Thatcher was asked what was her greatest achievement, she replied "New Labour" so good luck for your Bring Back Labour effort. I like the notion of Grey Pride because it references other campaigns in a unifying way, but unfortunately the political nous required appears to be completely missing. I'm sure there must be other pensioner campaigns out there who are capable of representing us in a more nuanced and savvy way.

At 13:51 on January 29, 2012, carmen white said…

This is from Carmen White...First look me up on youtube I am there under Cardywhite111 I enjoy making little vids and talking or rambling about anything.  Try typing in "Damson Jam" as a starter.  You will learn more about me that way..  Please subscribe if you like .  It makes me feel good if anyone subscribes.  You need to know I am married to a Muslim much younger man and love him very much .  I am a kind of free spirit but  but he is much more "straight laced and closed down than me.  I am happy to communicate  with you and would perhaps like to collaborate.  We could do a vid on Youtube talking about this subject which would then reach a wider audience.  I am sick of war and talk of war and feeling powerless and want to do something.  My husband is Tunisian and we married in 2000.  Many people think he only married an old women for her money.  I am not rich but having been to his place I can see why I would seem rich to him and his family.  I dont give a damn.  I love him I am a very passionate person.  I dont  want to get into e mails just yet.  But I like learning about other people and you seem very knowledgeable and I respect your views.  Nice to meet you so to speak.

At 9:03 on November 28, 2011, Grey Pride said…

Welcome to Grey Pride Michael!

Thank you for showing your support for this campaign!

We are handing in our petition calling for a dedicated Minister for Older People to Downing Street this morning so please be sure to vote in our poll and comment on what you think their priorities should be. What concerns you and the older people you know most these days? Ageism in the workplace? Care funding? Pension reform? Let us know!

 
 
 

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