MP questioned on pensions

PUBLISHED: 07:21 11 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:15 24 May 2010

A MEETING of a senior pressure group to discuss the pensions time bomb attracted over 100 people. The Weston Senior Citizens' Forum held a question and answer session with the town's MP John Penrose in the United Reformed Church Hall in Waterloo Street. T

A MEETING of a senior pressure group to discuss the pensions time bomb attracted over 100 people.The Weston Senior Citizens' Forum held a question and answer session with the town's MP John Penrose in the United Reformed Church Hall in Waterloo Street.The discussion centred around the findings of the Government sponsored Turner report into retirement pensions.Among the topics under discussion were increasing the retirement age, the possibility of a universal pension and better pensions rights for women.Mr Penrose called for future pension increases to be linked to earning rather than inflation which would see pensioners better off than under present arrangements.He promised to ensure the voice of Weston's pensioners would be heard in Westminster by presenting the findings of the meeting to the works and pensions minister John Hutton.Forum chairman Ken Lacey said: "It is good to know that action will be taken on the issues we talk about in Weston .

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