John Penrose MP...
PUBLISHED: 05:22 15 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:08 24 May 2010
NONE of us are saving enough money for retirement, the experts say. The best we can expect, apparently, is a poor and cramped old age where we're forced to rely on goodwill and political fashion for handouts, rather than enjoying a dignified and self-reli
NONE of us are saving enough money for retirement, the experts say. The best we can expect, apparently, is a poor and cramped old age where we're forced to rely on goodwill and political fashion for handouts, rather than enjoying a dignified and self-reliant retirement.Everyone, including politicians, understands the problem. The difficult bit is finding a solution. We can't afford to wait for an answer either. We're all living longer, which is wonderful, but the financial problems will only grow. There are more people over 100 alive in Britain today than at any point in our history, and more pensioners than pre-school children for the first time ever.That's why the Government, to its credit, is trying to grasp the nettle of Britain's pensions problems. It has asked Lord Turner to look at the issues and make some recommendations. His suggestions have just come out, and now the Government wants to know what people think about them.For a town like Weston, proper pensions are vital. Retired folk make up a large proportion of our community, and their wellbeing affects us all. So it's important that Weston's voice is heard loud and clear when the Government considers pensions in Westminster.That's why I'm organising an official pensions consultation meeting with Weston's Pensioners Forum on April 28. I'll make sure the results are fed back to the Government, so they know how Weston feels when they make decisions which will affect us all. The meeting is at 2pm in the United Reformed Church in Waterloo Street, and everyone is welcome. It doesn't matter if you're not a pensioner yet. All of us will be pensioners one day, so everybody's opinion matters.The more people who take part, the stronger Weston's voice will be. I look forward to seeing you there.