Pensioners petition as recession bites

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 September 2012

Ken Lacey (right) hands the petition to MP John Penrose.

Ken Lacey (right) hands the petition to MP John Penrose.

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POOR pension increases and reductions in winter fuel allowances have sparked nearly 1,000 Weston pensioners to petition the town's MP.

Members of Weston’s Senior Citizens’ Forum have expressed concern over a number of financial issues affecting OAPs.

They say a £100 reduction in the winter fuel allowance, freezing of tax allowances for over-65s and unfavourable inflation calculations mean many are struggling to make ends meet.

This week, forum chairman Ken Lacey handed their petition to Weston MP John Penrose, and outlined what he feels is an unfair situation.

Mr Lacey said: “As petitions go this is quite small in numbers, just under 1,000 signatures, but its protest is echoed by many older people across the country.

“The recent financial changes in the low basic pension are already having a detrimental and disproportionate effect on pensioners.

“This petition and comments are to draw the Government’s attention to the problems being faced by many pensioners who are trying to make ends meet.”

Mr Penrose pledged to deliver the petition to Whitehall.

He said: “It’s important for local concerns to be heard so I’ll happily make sure the petition reaches the Pensions Minister, Steve Webb.

“I will certainly make sure the minister understands how local people feel on this important issue.”

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