I am disheartened and frankly ashamed at the facile level of debate from"professionals and MP's" that surrounds the very real possibility of stopping free bus travel and the winter fuel allowance. Question Time with David Dimbleby was an example. The focus is all about spurious short term financial gains and nothing about the potential impact on the physical and emotional well being of the elderly, as well on the local economy. We go into our towns to meet friends, go to classes and leisure pursuits and enjoy ourselves (and spend money), everything that research says we should be doing to cope positively with ageing. Free bus travel is essential to facilitate this and it is greatly valued. Increased social isolation could be a very real problem otherwise, leading to mental and physical ailments that could be an increased drain on the NHS and public sector. Staying at home also means using more heating just to keep warm take the winter fuel allowance away would make this very difficult for a lot of people.
It may be that people on pension credit will still receive both free travel and winter fuel allowance; people who have a high retirement income may not need them to the same extent. But people like me, of which there are hundreds of thousands.
have a small works pension, that stops us receiving any benefits at all, and these measures would affect us the most. Also many elderly people live alone , have only one income to pay the same daily costs that affect us all, is this really fair, to further penalise them? Let us tell the politicians to start treating us as the hopefully do their own grannies and grandads! Pat
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