Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Pensioners and the economy

Southport has one of the highest concentrations of pensioners in any constituency and so I thought a comment on the bits of the crisis budget that effects older people was appropriate. Here’s Lib Dem Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Jenny Willott:

'The Chancellor’s pledges to pensioners is a repeat. It was originally promised that pension credit would rise to £130 as long ago as 2007. Pensioners have known about this rise for two years and are now being told to wait another five months. The announcement on the increase of the basic state pensions was deceptive to say the least. The Government promised to increase it by inflation four years ago.

“Alistair Darling’s ‘grand gesture’ is insulting to pensioners. It offers nothing extra today, just what they were already expecting. Pensioners have been hit the hardest by the spiralling cost of food and fuel - they must feel very let down today.”