Worcester pensioners welcome PM's pledge over increases

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PENSIONERS are in line for a £1,000 rise by 2020 – but free bus passes, TV licences and winter fuel payments could be axed for the better-off.

The measures, revealed by Prime Minister David Cameron, have largely been backed by OAPs in Worcestershire, despite claims they are a bribe ahead of the next general election.

Mr Cameron says if the Tories win the next election, pensions will rise by at least £20 a week by 2020, 2.5 per cent each year, costing the country around £12 billion.

But he refused to rule out means-testing for bus passes, TV licences and winter fuel allowances, a move that work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith is pushing for.

The pensions rise is an attempt to woo the grey vote, and comes amid a backdrop of rising prices for food and electricity.

Ron Chambers, chairman of Worcestershire Pensioners Action Group, said: “It’s one of those catch-22 situations.

“On one hand, they are offering you more money, but on the other one, they could be taking it away.

“I think it’s a ploy to get people to vote. We all know the elderly tend to vote a lot more than other people.

“The other problem is that prices of things are always going up.

“It will certainly benefit some people, but not the pensioners we deal with.”

Maurice Jenkins, aged 71, of Lichfield Avenue, Ronkswood, said: “If it works out then great. 

“I reckon all the parties should agree on this anyway.

“It would give me a real sense of relative security, especially if the gas bills keep on rising. It’s very good.”

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But Joan Parker, aged 88, who lives in the Furness Close sheltered housing complex, in Langdale Drive, Warndon, said she was unhappy at the proposed timing of the increases.

“I worked all my life and I don’t think the current pension is a lot,” she said.

“Prices are going up and what we get now doesn’t go far.”

Mr Cameron is keen on keeping the free perks in place for all pensioners, but is facing pressure from both Mr Duncan Smith and Chancellor George Osborne.

Labour has already revealed it would axe winter fuel payments for up to 600,000 pensioners deemed the best off, suggesting the general public support it.

Under Mr Cameron’s offer, pensioners would get a minimum of 2.5 per cent extra on their state pension – and more if average wage increases, or the consumer price index rose more.

Experts say it will likely result in an £80 per month rise by 2020, worth around £1,000 a year extra when compared to today's rate.

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2:04pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Wagtail59 says...

Is there any substantive evidence to support the headline?
Is there any substantive evidence to support the headline? Wagtail59

2:35pm Tue 7 Jan 14

disgusted with local F.A says...

Here We Go Again what a load of tosh by our government(don't care if conservative or the others)our good upstanding government are going to give OUR PENSIONERS extra £1000 in six years time but nobody will comment on the loss of heating bus pass and TV License,but we manage to send a vast amount of the working class money to Argentina I have never ever been so disgruntled with our country in all my life Enoch was right
Here We Go Again what a load of tosh by our government(don't care if conservative or the others)our good upstanding government are going to give OUR PENSIONERS extra £1000 in six years time but nobody will comment on the loss of heating bus pass and TV License,but we manage to send a vast amount of the working class money to Argentina I have never ever been so disgruntled with our country in all my life Enoch was right disgusted with local F.A

3:04pm Tue 7 Jan 14

paulinejanet says...

don't forget how many years extra women have to wait for a pension now age 58now no pension till aged 66 a 6 year longer wait disgruntled like the commentor aboveand yes enoch was right
don't forget how many years extra women have to wait for a pension now age 58now no pension till aged 66 a 6 year longer wait disgruntled like the commentor aboveand yes enoch was right paulinejanet

5:21pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Omicron says...

This article by Tom Edwards is not the same as that published in the hard copy of the Worcester News. In the hard copy version Edwards states that the state pension will be increased by £1000 per year for the five years between 2015 and 2020 (£5000 increase in total). This statement was so obviously incorrect that it just goes to show how ignorant and stupid some of the Worcester News reporters can be. Luckily this latest article now shows the correction but I wonder if the original hard copy version featured in this on-line version earlier today.
This article by Tom Edwards is not the same as that published in the hard copy of the Worcester News. In the hard copy version Edwards states that the state pension will be increased by £1000 per year for the five years between 2015 and 2020 (£5000 increase in total). This statement was so obviously incorrect that it just goes to show how ignorant and stupid some of the Worcester News reporters can be. Luckily this latest article now shows the correction but I wonder if the original hard copy version featured in this on-line version earlier today. Omicron

1:34pm Wed 8 Jan 14

the batshake says...

Exactly what was Enoch so 'right' about? He was just a flat out racist.
Exactly what was Enoch so 'right' about? He was just a flat out racist. the batshake

7:13pm Wed 8 Jan 14

the batshake says...

I ask again, what is it that 'enoch' was right about? It's a simple question.
I ask again, what is it that 'enoch' was right about? It's a simple question. the batshake

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