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Pensioners pay their way,  its Dole Wallers who get everything for Nowt. :roll:

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1 hour ago, Anna B said:

I totally agree. Plus all this media coverage that never forgets to emphasise 'all the rich old age pensioners' which most of us most certainly are not. 

 

Some of us might be lucky enough to own our own houses, but there is very little suitable and affordable to downsize into, so it's not anything we can liquidise and spend on day to day comforts like heating and eating. 

 

OAPs are certainly treated like second class citizens, but then we are considered to be 'just an unproductive drain on the nation's prosperity,' (somebody actually said that to me.)

Forget that we have worked and paid into the nation's wealth for upwards of 40 years and got very little back for it. 

 

And don't get me started on the cost of care home costs, (average £4,000 per month) for minimal care, and care in your own home even worse averaging £25 T0 £33 per hour or part of an hour, baring in mind that the lovely people who do the work are only on minimum wage and have poor company working conditions as well. Somebody is making a mint at the expense of OAPs and it isn't the workers.

Be sure 99% of us we will all need one or the other before the end and still no cap.  

For some of us it’s being so happy that keeps us going!

 

echo

 

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2 hours ago, echo beach said:

For some of us it’s being so happy that keeps us going!

 

echo

 

True. Being happy is just a state of mind. Do we have a choice, or are we born 'glass half full or empty' do you think?

 

Personally I have the luxury of a choice, I am generally 'glass half full.'

I have sufficient income etc to allow me to be contented, and am well enough to get a great deal of pleasure out of life. 

 

But I am also aware that not everyone is so lucky, and money worries or ill health, pain, etc can ruin life, and I want to do something about it! I suppose that's why I am regarded as a bit left wing. But I moan on other people's behalf because I can.

 

I see need all around me, in every age group. My volunteering days are mostly behind me, (although I love looking after other people's dogs if anyone's interested,) so I suppose all I can do is 'try to raise awareness' to give it it's modern parlance, (which I hate.) I just call it looking out for people and trying to help if I can.

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I understand the Government are rushing through legislation to examine the bank accounts of benefit claimants, including state pension recepients. 

 

I wonder why. 

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Just now, dan_999uk said:

I understand the Government are rushing through legislation to examine the bank accounts of benefit claimants, including state pension recepients. 

 

I wonder why. 

Maybe because they have cause - I don't know.

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I daresay it's not for any sinister reason, and if you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to fear. 

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Just now, dan_999uk said:

I daresay it's not for any sinister reason, and if you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to fear. 

Well, thats me stopping worrying - for the nanosecond I was. Do you have a link to this 'understanding'?

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6 hours ago, spilldig said:

They would have done cressida but if you remember Ted Heath would only sign up to join the EU if we abstained from the Social Chapter,  thereby ensuring that working people along with OAPs  got the worst working conditions and pensions in the EU.  When labour came into power they never reversed that decision.

IIRC The Social Chapter of the EU was created in the 1990s. John Major opted the UK out from the social chapter when he signed the Maastricht Treaty in 1993. However when Blair came in 1997 he signed us in to it.

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1 minute ago, Mister M said:

IIRC The Social Chapter of the EU was created in the 1990s. John Major opted the UK out from the social chapter when he signed the Maastricht Treaty. However when Blair came in 1997 he signed us in to it.

And now it doesn't apply.

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7 minutes ago, dan_999uk said:

GBeebies

 

 

Thank you - at least they had the courtesy to qualify their headline - but that will probably not get read, or be ignored by many

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