Membership Level: Full
Quoting: Colin Hall
In my ignorance, I assumed the UK pension was "universal" in that if you were 65 you got what everyone else got, and ir wasn’t means tested!
This is the proposed move as is being mooted at the moment here. The current government (which of course will not be in power at the point which the change is said to be going to occur!) are intending to make a blanket payment of £140pw to each pensioner. They make the correct observation that the present system is poor and riddled with contradictions.
This is all very nice, you may say, considering that the current BASIC rate is between £98-100pw. However, and it is a huge ’however’, those pensioners already drawing their state pension at the point of launch will remain with the current system!
This is a downright disgrace and I expect to be called upon to take part in many demonstrations and protests against this blatantly discriminatory move. There are indeed, innovations in benefits that are made which common sense dictates, cannot be rolled out to all but this in not one of them. The planned launch of the new system is 2015/16. People who qualify for the new payouts will be unlikely to have been making payments through their deductions in any way different to those who are currently drawing their pension.
Therefore, there is no reason to differentiate between the two groups.
A week in politics is a long time, they say, so 4/5 years is a lifetime. Many things can change by then. If we are very lucky, all of the Labour members will shoot themselves (if not I have made it clear in two emails that I would be happy to accept the engagement) and the current batch of jokers will eat each other with a nice Cabernet Sauvignon and Spam!
Last edited by Mike Pass
Damnant quod non intellegunt.