Protect our pensioners

THE Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, seems to have run into trouble endeavouring to untangle the Gordian Knot that the various welfare benefits have become over the years by introducing Universal Credit.=

The Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, seems to have run into trouble endeavouring to untangle the Gordian Knot that the various welfare benefits have become over the years by introducing Universal Credit.

Clarifying the wood from the trees by consolidating the payment seems to be his goal but maybe his department has overlooked the pension guarantees and state pension.

Most people over the age of 75 are in receipt of pension credits (previously called benefits) since the state recognises the state pension is inadequate.

Simplifying procedures by consolidating the state pension with pension guarantees for those over 75 would, therefore, cost the Treasury very little while reducing the number listed as “benefit recipients”.

Restoring dignity to that generation that endured numerous austerity measures (including wartime), inflation and did their bit as National Servicemen is, surely, an objective worth pursuing.

The pensioners over 75 should not be confused with the younger generation of “baby boomers”.

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