MP fights for better deal for pensioners

PUBLISHED: 07:11 13 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:07 24 May 2010

AN MP will be taking copies of villagers' council tax bills into Parliament to help him fight for better rights for pensioners. Weston MP John Penrose has asked members of Winscombe and District Senior Citizens' Forum for copies of their council tax bills

AN MP will be taking copies of villagers' council tax bills into Parliament to help him fight for better rights for pensioners.Weston MP John Penrose has asked members of Winscombe and District Senior Citizens' Forum for copies of their council tax bills so he can challenge Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott in the House of Commons.Members of the forum have also been making a second copy of their bills to send directly to John Prescott.They have included a covering letter asking why council tax continues to rise at a greater rate than the increase in pensions.Forum members say their quality of life has suffered dramatically as a result of the tax hikes.Forum chairman John Harrison said: "We are hoping Mr Penrose will be able to wave our bills in Parliament to argue our case and by sending them direct as well, it forms a double challenge."It is of real concern in this village. In my personal situation I moved here in the financial year 1999-2000."Seven years later my council tax has risen by 72 per cent in total whereas my pension has only risen by 38 per cent."When you add on today's excessive fuel bills, people's quality of life is really being adversely affected."The forum's battle for better rights for pensioners joins a national campaign called Is It Fair?, which aims to reduce council tax bills for all.

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