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Please sign my petition to help the elderly and young people when they are old.

Post  ivanhoe on Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:54 pm

Millions of elderly people in Britain are having to choose between eating, and heating their homes because the UK's State pension is so low, and what's more the media are sweeping this issue under the carpet.

The basic state pension for single pensioners is just £107 . 45 a week, and this is following a 30, 40, and 50 year working life contributing to the system both taxes and NI contribution which were mandatory

The State pension used to increase with British male average earnings, or inflation whichever the higher to protect its value, prior to 1979, but when Thatcher took office in 1980 she broke to state pensions link with male average earnings, and the state pension has decreased in value ever since, being linked to inflation, and New Labour under Blair and Brown continued Thatcher's pension policy.

All pensioners have been denied a decent state pension for over 30 years.

Means testing pensioners is not just an evil, it is a crime, to quote Gordon Brown prior to the 1997 general election of New Labour.

The facts are means testing pensioners is costing 15 to 20 times more of tax payers money than the restoration of the earnings link, and as more and more people reach retirement age means testing costs will spiral, and state pension costs will dwindle.

The low state pension in this country has nothing to do with cost, it is ideologically right wing dogma that began in the 80's.

Pension Credit is a means test, and pensioners should not have to endure means testing for more money.

The basic state pension should be increased universally. And the rich should pay higher income tax to balance out what they receive in a higher State pension. This is about re-distribution of wealth, and fairness.

Suffice to say that Margaret Thatcher broke the link that kept the state pensions increasing with male average earnings in 1980, almost 30 years ago, and linked the state pension to inflation, that's when the state pension level began to dwindle in value, and means testing became the norm.

I began standing and being counted on "behalf" of pensioners, over 20 years ago, and I'm still not a pensioner.

I would never have believed that 20 years on, this crisis for our elderly people would still exist, and I remain shocked that the British seem totally apathetic to the plight of our elderly people.

1 in 5 from 12 million pensioners live in poverty in this country, having to choose between heating their homes and buying food, there are also millions of pensioners who suffer untimely deaths each winter because of hypothermia related illness, due to the above reasons. Winter deaths claim 200 pensioners every day.

Means testing pensioners is not the answer to providing our elderly people with decent living standards without means testing, particularly as they have spent a 30, 40, and 50 year working life on lower wages than today, paying into the system both taxes and NI contributions.

A decent state pension is their "right".

In future years, today's young people who will not have been able to save for a private pension due to long term unemployment,/ and/or low wages, and there for will be in the same, if not worse destitution as their parents and grandparents are in today.

What is needed to reverse Government policy since the 80's, is a a mass consolidation of 60 million British people to stand and be counted on behalf of 12 million pensioners for a decent increase in the basic State pension, re- linked to male average earnings as it was under traditional Labour in the 70's. And the abolition of the council tax, the means test, and State subsidy of Utilities.

This is what I have been trying to achieve for all British pensioners for over 20 years.

If things do not change in this country, today's young people have got all this to come.

Please go to my petition to help the elderly. And the young in future years.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/40711
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Post  tigaroodit on Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:18 am

Ok. Michael,

I've signed the petition! cheers

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Post  ivanhoe on Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:28 am

tigaroodit wrote:Ok. Michael,

I've signed the petition! cheers

Mari.

Great, can you pass it round to your friend ect, and tell them about my site ?

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Post  tigaroodit on Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:22 am

I'll try Michael but I'm not getting far with that! The apathy is wide spread! Mad

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Post  ivanhoe on Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:27 am

tigaroodit wrote:I'll try Michael but I'm not getting far with that! The apathy is wide spread! Mad

Mari.

I know, its disgusting. We get what we deserve in this country.
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Post  vince08 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:16 am

Signed it Smile

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Post  REDNEOL on Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:14 pm

Michael , the state pension is a bloody travesty , a man / woman who has paid tax for 40 years will be given 6 months unemployment benefit should they become unemployed , then be expected to travel a ridiculous distance to a job that pays minimum wage ! , the penny has dropped with all now , the state just ''SHAFTS'' tax payers decade after decade , people are nothing but cash cows , the utility firms , petrol , health care insurance etc , thats all we are commodities grrrr

Great petition . boing
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Post  mild-red on Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:50 pm

signed. But have plenty to say on this topic when I have time.

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Post  ivanhoe on Wed Jun 19, 2013 10:29 pm

mild-red wrote:signed. But have plenty to say on this topic when I have time.

I for one, look forward to that mild-red
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