Restore link with average earnings
YOUR article "Living wage but what about OAPs? The Post, October 10, sums up just how badly we as a nation have ignored the state pension plight of our elderly people since Margaret Thatcher's Tory government broke the state pensions link with male average earnings in 1980, more than 30 years ago.
Today the basic state pension is worth just £97.65 a week and I defy any MP or mayor to live on this amount of money for a full five years. If this happened the system would be changed overnight.
Now Poppy Day is once again upon us reminding us to think of those who sacrificed their lives during the first and second world wars.
And to those veterans who remain alive today.
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So, I am adding my bit to remember Britain's elderly people, and to remind us all that Britain's old age pensioners still receive the lowest state pension in Europe.
And they are still means tested for state handouts and residential care. This is their reality!
I have successfully put up a petition on the government's website for pensioners to get free residential care, and for the state pension to be increased and re-linked to male average earnings.
If my petition reaches 100,000 signatures by this time next year, the government will be forced to discuss this issue which has been swept under the media carpet for more than 30 years.
I am asking the following, under the heading of state pensions and residential care.
With the responsible department being the Department of Works and Pensions.
That all elderly people should receive residential care free paid via the State.
And a much higher basic state pension free of means testing. This generation has worked hard and paid into the system all their working lives.
Responsible department: Department for Work and Pensions
The government must also fund elderly people's rights to free residential care paid for by the state, because our elderly people have paid into the system all their working lives, and government must also pay all pensioners now and in the future, a much higher basic state pension by restoring the National Insurance Act born of a Labour Government in 1974 which linked increases in the State pension to male average earnings, or The Retail Price Index (RPI), whichever the greater.
In 1975, the then Labour Government passed the Social Security Act, introducing a State Earnings Related Pensions Scheme, this was considered in the pensions industry, the most cost effective scheme ever.
Please sign my petition to enable and force this issue to be discussed in Parliament, and by the BBC TV media.
If readers of this letters are unable to find my petition, they can contact me at the following email address, and I will help them find it. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suffice to say that through the winter months particularly, millions of our elderly people are dying of cold and hunger due to having to make choices between heating their homes, and buying food.
Here is the address for my petition: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/40711