It’s not very long since the pension age was 65 for men and 60 for women – and nobody objected very much.
Now, despite the fact that the National Insurance Fund is many billions of pounds in surplus, the Tories want to force you to retire later in life – increasing the retirement age by three years for men and a massive eight years for women, by 2037.
There is no reason for doing this, other than trying to ensure that some people never reach retirement.
Here’s the story:
AN MP in Oldham says it is ‘blatantly unfair’ that over tens of thousands of people in her constituency face an extension to their retirement age.
Shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, said 61,187 people could have their retirement age raised from 66 to 68, from 2037.
The government’s proposals will see 36.9 million people having to work longer.
Now consider some of the responses:
“Give it a rest Abrahams, if people are living longer then it is right that they should contribute for longer! instead of the burden on the tax payers…are they they not burdened enough supporting the rich?”
Wow. People aren’t living longer. Since the Tories returned to office in 2010, life expectancy has been dropping. As for supporting the rich – it’s more accurate to say that they aren’t supporting the rest of us as much as they should, having received multiple tax breaks from the Conservatives.
“Abrahams says ‘Labour will keep the state pension age at 66 …’ So why didn’t she do something when it was raised from 65? Yet again, just more self-publicity by complaining about opponents instead of actually doing something herself.”
This fool doesn’t understand how Parliament works. Labour was in Opposition when the retirement age was raised to 66 and could do nothing about it.
“First of all they allow millions of unskilled poverty stricken migrants into the country without a thought to the cost, and then they wreck the economy! Both of which they have apologised for. Under the Socialist regime of Theresa dismay the rich are paying more than they have done in decades and that includes under Labour. She really does need to educate herself more on reality!”
Well, somebody does. If any “unskilled poverty-stricken migrants” have come to the UK, it is because the Conservatives did not exercise the controls on migration that were available under EU rules. Yes, there are such rules. Also, Labour never wrecked the economy – that was done by greedy bankers, as Labour has made clear over the past few years. Under Theresa May, the rich are paying less than they should, having benefited from tax break upon tax break.
“I imagine many will opt for the Disability living allowance long before reaching the state pension age. This will raise costs considerably.”
DLA has been axed. It is much more difficult to claim the new benefit, PIP.
“I think l may just sign on the dole from 60 and get everything paid for! I have worked all my life, paid all my taxes, and watch so many people get away with benefits. I do not care about pension age. I will not be working from 60! Dole queue here l come! Happy days!”
Just wait until this buffoon tries it. Jobseekers of any age have to sign an agreement to seek work and accept any that is offered to them. Failure to comply leads to sanctions, meaning they lose all their benefit for a period of time that increases up to three years. If this person tries to sign on in the belief that they’ll get an easy ride, they will end up in the gutter or the morgue. That is Tory Britain for you.
And these commenters, quite clearly Tories themselves, need to wake up and understand the realities of the government they support.
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