UK Chancellor George Osborne and the Coalition government must see the older generation as a soft option. We already know that bullies often pick on the vulnerable in society so is that what is going on right now? Is Osborne looking for an easy target for his austerity cuts axe to fall?
In the last General Election in 2010 Labour PM Gordon Brown was accused of scaremongering when he warned that the Tories wanted to abolish pensioner entitlements such as a free bus pass and help with heating costs in Winter. PM Cameron and his followers, then the UK opposition, denied the allegations. They poked fun at Brown and more maintaining that these provisions were safe in their hands.
Where have we heard that one before? Oh yes the NHS. That too is under attack,
Look back over the two years that the Coalition have been in power and you will see their stance on pensioner entitlements change. First there was talk of means testing entitlements and then of scrapping some altogether. The first change was a reduction in the Winter fuel allowance for older people in the UK. In 2012 that was cut dramatically.
The government is already saving money by changing the time frame when people, especially women become entitled to such help as a free bus pass and winter fuel payments. The age limit is being brought into line with the ever increasing age one can retire in the UK and receive a state pension.
The Coalition, and particularly Lib Dem Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has made much of the improvement in personal tax allowances in the UK. For pensioners though and those approaching retirement it was a double edged sword. What they gave with one hand they removed with another by abolishing age related allowances.
Older people on the UK are heading back into poverty. Yes not all will be poor but the majority are looking at a reduction in income which will be damaging. All of us who have paid enough National Insurance contributions to receive a pension only to find the goalposts have moved are annoyed, to say the least. Will we get a refund on our contributions? Will we hell.
What has been termed the Granny Tax in Osborne's Spring Budget was it seemed needed so that the wealthy could experience a tax cut. The fact that this included Mr Cameron, Clegg and Osborne did not go unnoticed.
U Turn George has had to back pedal on many of his plans announced in the budget. He has not done so with the Granny Tax. It seems that the pasty tax was a more important issue for the UK government.
So are these ntitlements under threat? Well a think tank feels that they should be. We wonder what these "thinkers" are paid to come up with such a disgrace.
Yes the Coalition has a job on its hands balancing the books and keeping British finances afloat but hitting the vulnerable and poor in in UK society is not right. In fact it is criminal.
Based in Yorkshire, in the middle of the UK, almost, this blogger offers her own unique perspective on life in GB
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