Pensioners’ petition on cuts

PUBLISHED: 07:46 17 June 2012

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A PETITION has been launched by Weston’s senior citizens to spell out how angry they are over on cutbacks which they say are aimed at them.

More than 800 signatures have been collected so far on a petition against the Government’s four key financial changes which hard-up pensioners see as another blow to their dwindling bank balances.

The changes include freezing higher personal tax allowance for people over 65, changing the Retail Price Index (RPI) to the lower Consumer Price Index (CPI) for assessing annual inflation increases, reducing winter fuel allowances by £100 and increasing the cost of postage stamps.

Chairman of Weston’s Senior Citizens’ Forum, Ken Lacey, wants more people to raise their voices to show they are unhappy with the planned changes.

He said: “I feel pensioners should take a stand against the financial changes which are happening. We have one of the lowest pensions in Europe and it just seems that pensioners are bearing the brunt of many of the cuts.

“It’s time we spoke out. Workers have trade unions but we have not got anything. I think the petition will show a lot of people are unhappy.

“The petition has gone to about eight other forums and I hope the numbers will swell.

“I would rather take the time to get as many people as possible supporting this before I take it to (Weston MP) John Penrose. We don’t want hundreds of signatures, we want thousands.”

Forum member Ted Day, aged 78, of Bleadon Hill, Weston, has signed his name and said he wants to see the petition prove the catalyst for a change for the better.

He said: “I am backing the petition, and Ken, the whole way. This Government has got to listen and put things which we care about right. I think it is doing a good job on the deficit, but not on this.”

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