Cold has been systematically killing our elderly people for over 30 years from cold-related illnesses against a background of soaring energy bills, due to the meagre State pension paid out in this country since the 80’s when Margaret Thatcher’s right wing Tory Government broke the link that kept the State pension our elderly people had paid decades of National Insurance contributions for, from increasing directly as male average earnings increased.
Consequently since the earnings link was cut, Britain’s State pension has been reduced to a pittance compared to Western European levels.
German pensioners receive a State pension of £26,000 a year. French pensioners receive £15, 811 a year, while the basic State pension here in the UK is £7,488, and to clearify how EU Government’s manage this, they spend more than double their Gross National Product ( overall wealth ) on State pensions than what we do. EU Government’s spend 12 per cent GNP on State pensions. Our Tory Government’s since Margaret Thatcher broke the earnings link, spend 5 per cent, less than half…
Age UK say that every winter, 25,000 older people in England and Wales do not survive the bitter winter. This represents 206 deaths a day.
None of this is necessary, if Britain’s State pension was on a par-with Western European levels which are far higher than the UK’s State pension.
Millions of our oldest citizens are suffering untimely deaths due to hypothermia related illnesses, due to inadequate State pension income from the Government.
This has to be regarded as Government neglect and manslaughter.
This situation for our oldest citizens has been ongoing for over 30 years, yet the British largely, have not turned a hair!!!!, and the BBC have fundamentally ignored the issue.
Britain’s low State pension has nothing to do with costs…There is a “surplus” in the National Insurance fund in excess of £30 billion. And the National Insurance system was set up to pay State pensions…
Britain is a very wealthy country…
We can fight Wars in the Far East with hardly any questions about expense, and we can send billions round the world, yet according to this and former right wing Tory Government’s since Margaret Thatcher, an ever growing aged population is a problem!!!???…
Please sign my petition, and share it, to show your disgust at this disgraceful treatment of our oldest citizens, and to force Parliament to discuss this issue, which will bring the ultimately sick way we treat our oldest pensioners to the media’s attention..
Every winter, so many of our oldest citizens in England and Wales, do not survive the bitter weather due to suffering untimely deaths due to hypothermia related illnesses.
Please sign, and share, and keep sharing, to bring this issue to the media’s attention. I am aiming for over a million signatures before the next General election.