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Take pensioner benefits and give them to young people – THAT seem like a good idea

This is one of those stories that stuck in my head, and wouldn’t go away until I gave it a mention.

If it wasn’t so serious and dangerous (pensioners could die) it would almost be funny.

But, I seem to have spent my life being told the various taxes and deduction made from my wages are made in order to fund the benefits I will receive when I become a pensioner.

(These things I was told then began to hurt my head after a while, since I was also told to be grateful my parents’ taxes and deductions paid for them – so I learned fairly early on that politically based logic was based on the logic of insanity.)

And I also seem to recall being told I (and other young people just out of school) we were ‘lucky’ the state handed us benefits even though we hadn’t (then) paid anything into the system to pay for them.

So, the idea of taking benefits from pensioners would seem to be a ridiculous idea thought up by peers who are mostly very privileged – independently wealthy and well-paid – so not conversant with the phenomenon most ordinary elderly are likely to ‘enjoy’… pensioner poverty.

“Outdated” age-specific benefits for older people should be replaced with support for the young to “deliver a fairer society”, say peers.

The Committee on Intergenerational Fairness urged ministers to focus on housing and training, rather than benefits like free TV licences.

Committee chair Lord True said failing to rebalance policies could risk the “strong bond” between the generations.

But campaigners warned against changes, saying pensioner poverty was rising.

The committee – made up of Labour, Tory, Liberal Democrat and crossbench peers – issued a raft of recommendations, both to “retain the supportive relationship between generations” and to plan for the “100-year life” that younger people can expect to become the norm.

Suggested improvements include:

  • Ensuring local authorities have specific planning policies to meet the housing needs of younger and older people
  • Increasing training funding for young people who don’t go to college or university
  • Making sure those who work for the “gig” economy – getting paid per “gig” – have the same rights as other workers

The peers also propose changes to benefits for older people, including:

  • Removing the triple lock for pensions, which raises the basic state pension by the rate of average earnings increases, inflation or 2.5% – whichever is higher
  • Phasing out free TV licences based on age (currently free for over-75s) and ensuring the government decides on whether to give free licences based on household income
  • Limiting free bus passes for the over-65s and winter fuel payments until five years after retirement age

‘End pensioner benefits to help young’, peers say

What could possibly be wrong with that idea?

Teenagers would certainly ‘benefit’ and not have to worry about being caught on CCTV while stealing from pensioners.

Teen steals from pensioner

Teen steals from pensioner

20/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

Free bus travel scheme extended

I’m beginning to see why some writers pick on politics and political writing as their subject – it basically means they can write any sort of crap without bothering about whether it is fact or fantasy, provided they can find someone that has made some sort of public comment or claim on the subject, regardless of whether it is accurate or just some sort of idle, politically motivated, point scoring remark.

A few weeks ago, the news carried an item suggesting that changes to the free bus travel scheme and a review would mean less people being eligible for the concession, and Scottish Labour jumped up and down with joy. Even though no details had been published by the Scottish Governement, they hinted that Alex Salmond could go down in history as the first minister who “shoved Scotland’s grannies off the bus”. That seemed to be important, and was noted here, and was skewed to be critical of the Scottish Governement.

The plans have now been published, and Scottish Labour is claiming a victory.

Duh… Excuse my being thick, but having only one working brain cell, it can’t see how anyone can claim victory when an unseen plan is published for the first time and its contents are made public. It might have been able to cope if the plan had been published, and then changed after a review, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here. So this posting is unashamedly skewed to be critical of Scottish Labour for making baseless claims.

The Scottish Government has confirmed that pensioners and disabled people will remain entitled to travel for nothing, at any time, on any bus routes, for any number of journeys. The review will assess the scheme introduced in 2006, and will look towards extending eligibility so that injured veterans in Scotland are able to benefit from free bus travel

I don’t care one jot about the political flag flown by anyone making announcements about important issues, but I do object to finding that that their deliberations are unfounded, and only aimed at making political capital. I may be reporting and quoting, but still find the inclusion of such baseless claims reflects badly on the site, even if it’s not directly responsible for them. The BBC might get away with it, being a national news service, but we don’t have that luxury, and operate at a more personal level.

It’s not possible to avoid reviewing items with a political content, and it’s probably not possible to review them without some sort of personal bias, although it’s to be hoped that any review of such items posted here will show that any scorn is poured on the subject, regardless of its political affiliation.

05/07/2008 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Free bus travel review

old busScottish Labour hasn’t wasted the opportunity of remembering the old song, and hinted that Alex Salmond could go down in history as the first minister who “shoved Scotland’s grannies off the bus”.

The free bus scheme for pensioners and disabled passengers began in 2006, and is now to be reviewed by the Scottish Government, with operators having already been told that fare reimbursement is to be capped.

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson has said funding was to be increased, despite the review, and that in future, changes would mean less people would be eligible.

Labour’s environment spokesman, Des McNulty, told BBC Radio Scotland that the situation had arisen because the Scottish Government had not put enough money into the scheme, “We feel that concessionary travel is the biggest thing that devolution has delivered to the people of Scotland, in particular the pensioners. The retention of that scheme in its present form is a priority. Whatever restrictions are imposed will take away from its value.”

Looks like if you might just have to get older faster of you want to be sure of getting that free bus pass.

Seems to be a rerun of the free personal care for the elderly, where there will be increasing criteria to knock people out of the scheme to avoid growing numbers and increased costs.

16/06/2008 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment


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