Put pensioners before peers proposing to break ‘triple lock’ – Yorkshire Post Letters

From: Karl Sheridan, Old Lea, Holme upon Spalding Moor.

The threat to the pensions 'triple lock' has prompted an angry response from one reader.

From: Karl Sheridan, Old Lea, Holme upon Spalding Moor.

LISTENING to the BBC’s Today programme, I was infuriated to hear Lord David Willetts announce that he would quite happily scrap the “triple lock” that pensioners currently enjoy to save the Chancellor money, adding arguably that pensioners are already £200 a year better off than others.

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The sheer arrogance of the man! Does he not realise that the vast majority of elderly pensioners struggle to keep up with the ever rising cost of living?

Are pensioners being left shortchanged by the Government?

Does he not take into account that our pensions are fixed? That we have to absorb the rises in energy prices – given that most of us are home most of the day and not in comfortable warm offices and therefore need the heating on all day to keep warm?

And that we have to absorb the £10 increase in car tax each year so that we can get about?

Now we have to pay for the TV licence. When it comes down to it, perhaps Lord Willetts might reflect on the fact that he, as a former MP and Minister, is fortunate to have a superlative gold-plated pension to look forward to: one that most of us can only dream about. But more to the point, Lord Willetts seems to have forgotten that the country could save millions by abolishing the £300 per day attendance allowance at Parliament that he, as a Lord, is entitled to.

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Thank you

James Mitchinson