Friday, August 16, 2013

O.A.P.s put under duress by Government spin doctors again

The Vice Chairperson of Enniscorthy Town Council has condemned the leaking of rumours that the old age pension will be cut by €10 in the next budget by what he calls 'government spin doctors intent on putting people under duress'.  Cllr Johnny Mythen said that such a measure should not even be considered for a moment and if implemented would meet mass opposition.

"The recent claims and counter claims from Government ministers to cut the old age pensions by €10 is causing worry and  concern across the whole nation.   At a time when even the strongest of people are feeling the strain, the threat of cutting more money from the oldest and most vulnerable section of our society is despicable."

"The elderly have already suffered eight austerity budgets, seeing cuts to fuel , phone and home packages.  Now add property tax, university service tax, plus pending water charges on top, and your left with very little out of your €240 pension."

"To take another €10 will result in pushing many old age pensioners over the poverty line.  This is unacceptable in any civilised society, and a reminder to everyone that we all grow old and deserve a dignified and decent pension at the end of our working lives."  

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