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in gaining the 100,000 and more signatures
to trigger politicians having to talk about the subject in government.
GIVE MEN AND WOMEN THE OPTION TO RETIRE AT 60 WITH A
(Disabled unemployed over 60 still having to sign on dole when not listed under unemployment statistics by government)
In the words of Desmond Tutu:
"There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they're falling in."
MPs can issue a Statutory Instrument ( SI ) giving 28 days notice and that is the end of it in 5 weeks
Primary legislation could take 6 months to 2 years
to push through.
Primary legislation can fail.
Stand up for our Grandparents. Increase the State pension
for our elderly people.
No old person should have to endure hypothermia related illness due to lack of heating.
No old person should have to go hungry because of lack of food.
Aged 39 to 47 (born between 1970 - 1978) - pension age change to 68
Aged 38 (born 1979) pension age already 68.
My PENSION 60 NOW campaign is not affiliated to WASPI Ltd big campaign group
WASPI Ltd is campaigning only about the pension age rise to the 1950s born ladies from 60 til 66 from the Pension Bill 2011. But also includes those who lost gradually born from 1951 to 1953.
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LABOUR MANIFESTO – PENSIONER ISSUES
Chapter 5 - DIGNITY FOR PENSIONERS – page 54
Chapter 5 Social Security - DIGNITY FOR PENSIONERS - Page 54
1950s BORN LADIES DENIED STATE PENSION
60 TO 66 SINCE 2013
Over 2.5 million women born in the 1950s have had their state pension age changed without fair notification. These women deserve both recognition for the injustice they have suffered and some kind of compensation for their losses.
PENSION CREDIT OPTION TO 1950s BORN LADIES
Alongside our commitment to extend Pension Credit to hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable women,
Labour is exploring options for further transitional protections, to ensure that all these women have security and dignity in older age.
STATE PENSION BETTERED BY LABOUR
This must never happen again. Labour will legislate so that accrued rights to the basic state pension cannot be changed, but future benefits can.
NO MORE PENSION AGE RISES
The pension age is due to rise to 66 by the end of 2020. Labour rejects the Conservatives’ proposal to increase the state pension age even further.
PENSION 60 NOW CAMPAIGN
For 1950s born men and women and those born 1960,
with pension age 66 now.
Born 1961 to 1969 men and women
your pension age is now 67.
Born 1970 to 1978 pension age rising to 68.
Aged 38 now (born 1979), your pension age is already 68.
PENSION 60 NOW CAMPAIGN
Scottish Labour to make the election promise as Scotland has sufficient social security policy devolution.
BASIC INCOME 60 NOW
1. To replace lost women's state pension at 60 to 66 since 2013.
2. Pays men that basic income from 60.
3. Pay Basic Income 60 now at the full flat rate that is £159.55 per week in 2017.
LABOUR'S STATE PENSION TOUR
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WITH OLDER PERSONS
PENSIONER POVERTY ON THE RISE AGAIN
(Source Silver Voices Briefing 17 September 2017)
If you were to believe the national media, senior citizens have never had it so good and are living in the lap of luxury with gold-plated pensions! Latest Age UK research explodes this myth and shows that pensioner poverty is rising sharply. Of course, there is a minority of rich pensioners, just as there is a minority of rich youngsters or rich middle-aged people. But poverty in old age remains a major problem and a significant cause of premature death.
The research reveals that the number of pensioners living below the poverty line rose to 1.9 million last year, an increase of almost 20% in a year. One million of these are regarded to be in "severe poverty". And nearly 3 million over 65s find life a struggle financially.
Latest Government figures back up the Age UK research, indicating that about 800,000 pensioners are living in 'material deprivation', unable even to afford the basics of life. Official statistics reveal that:
Over a million senior citizens would be unable to meet an unexpected expense of only £200
708,800 are unable to keep their homes damp-free
572,000 are unable to keep their homes warm
286,000 are unable to pay regular bills
1,299,600 have no access to a car and can't afford a taxi
Poverty in later life is particularly acute amongst the over 80s. Age UK research indicates that 19% of all 80-84 year olds and 21% of the over 85s are in poverty (the comparative figure for 65-69 year olds is 13%). Senior citizens who are single or who rent their homes are also at increased risk of living in poverty.
The poverty problem is compounded by the low take-up rate of benefit entitlements amongst senior citizens. 38% of UK pensioners who are entitled to pension credit do not claim it and 15% of eligible pensioners do not claim housing benefit.
A total of £3.5 billion of pension credit and housing benefit goes unclaimed by pensioners each year. There are many reasons for the low take-up rate which include: lack of knowledge of entitlements, complexity of the application process and reluctance to claim the 'social security' out of pride and dignity. This shows the importance of 'universal' benefits such as bus passes, winter fuel payments and free TV licences in tacking pensioner poverty.