'Freebies' should be for all OAPs
REGARDING Colin Beardmore's letter on winter fuel payments (Sentinel, January 7), he has hit the nail on the head.
As I suspected, if Nick Clegg had his way, only those receiving pension credit will get a winter fuel payment, so as usual, those who don't qualify for pension credit will lose out.
I've always thought how unfair our social security system is. The more you pay in, the less you get out, and the less you pay in, the more you get out.
If you've worked and paid National Insurance contributions you get a basic retirement pension of £107.35 and have to pay full council tax.
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But if you qualify for pension credit you get £142.70 a week, £35.35 more, and you don't have to pay a penny in council tax. Where is the fairness in that?
I wouldn't mind someone on pension credit getting all the 'freebies' going if the rates were the other way round, i.e. basic retirement pension £142.70, pension credit £107.35.
As it is, if Mr Clegg gets his way, not only will those on basic retirement pension have to continue paying council tax, they'll lose the winter fuel payments as well.
It wouldn't surprise me if, in the near future, free bus passes will only be available to those on pension credit.
Can't anyone stand up for people on basic retirement pension?
After all, people who've worked all their life have paid enough tax and National Insurance.
P A SINCLAIR