Rob the Poor to help the Poorer


Fairness to young people is fine, but to rob the poor to help the poorer is ridiculous.

Surely this is a both/and rather than an either/or.  Whereas young people are eligible and have the opportunity to obtain a better, higher paying job, the over 75’s are watching their purchasing power diminish as they notice food and other essential products steadily increase in price seemingly just because they can. State pensioners, as everyone knows, have made national insurance contributions for up to 35 years.  Pensioners should not suffer financially because the government did not invest those contributions so the interest and/or profits could help pay the future outlay.



Scrap ‘outdated’ free TV licences for over-75s, peers say


It is calling for other universal pensioner benefits, such as the winter fuel allowance and free bus passes for the over-65s, to be cut and for the triple lock guarantee for the state pension – which ensures the weekly allowance rises by a minimum of 2.5% every year – to be reconsidered.

“We are calling for some of the outdated benefits based purely on age to be removed,” said Lord True, the Conservative peer who chairs the committee.

“Policies such as the state pension triple lock and free TV licences for the over-75s were justified when pensioner households were at the bottom of the income scale, but that is no longer the case.”

Sky:  Of course, those without an income at all are at the bottom of the scale.