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Government pushing the boat out

Bumbles
Bumbles Member Posts: 34 Connected
So another budget delivered and yet again our “wonderful” government have pulled all the stops out to ——- well,  ignore the disabled the sick and the pensioners needs. It’s as though because we cannot work or are past working age we are worthless to society, give everything to the rich, young and working population.
it really breaks my heart when we are treated like this year after year and nobody in the government cares or changes things for us to the better.
having worked in Westminster prior to becoming unable to work, I saw everyday how much MP’s milk the system (one that they created) yet they moan how badly they are off!!
it’s SO depressing!!! 😪

Comments

  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Member Posts: 1,267 Pioneering
    Hi @Bumbles Well when one MP said he was unable to live on £82,000 a year what hope is there. They have no idea how difficult it can be for ordinary people. It is as you said so depressing.
  • Bumbles
    Bumbles Member Posts: 34 Connected
    Sad fact is they do not “live” on that sort of money as MP’s they get Sooo many “perks” their money is vertically trebled and that’s without their other paid ”jobs” they have. I must not say (voice shackled due to official secrets act!!) what they can/do claim but if the general public did ever find out there would be a type of French Revolution, all I can say is it’s a shame Guido faulkes and his men failed in their task….
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,599 Disability Gamechanger
    Personally I think we should pay our MP's far more than we do, same for members of the cabinet, then just pay them reasonable travel expenses and prohibit them from having second and third jobs.
    But to compare then to people on benefits achieves little if anything. Imho pensioners aren't getting that bad a deal under the new unified SRP.
    I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.
  • Bumbles
    Bumbles Member Posts: 34 Connected
    edited October 27
    I totally understand where your coming from, but, if you had the insider information about how much they actually take home in basic you would not make a judgement call like that.
    their pay is complicated - made  deliberately so by themselves years ago
    and that’s before we get onto their pension entitlements.
    not all pensioners are well off, a lot have to live on that paltry amount many cannot afford heating or to eat properly.
    we have the worst pension in Europe yet are one of the richest countries.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,599 Disability Gamechanger
    Any pensioners who are that poor can probably claim housing and council tax benefit they also get the winter fuel allowance, my M.I.L before she died had a state pension of around £230 per week plus £80 a week AA, a friend who's husband recently died saw her pension rise by £80 per week after his death to over £1000 every 4 weeks. And both these examples are based on the pre 2016 SRP.
    I am a person with epilepsy not an epileptic, my illness doesn't define me.
  • TheAlien
    TheAlien Member Posts: 81 Courageous
    I've just read in the budget papers that they are no longer going ahead with the 18month minimum period for PIP, meaning that PIP will be reassessed more frequently.  The reason?  'Most awards are reduced on reassessment.'
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,780 Disability Gamechanger
    TheAlien said:
    I've just read in the budget papers that they are no longer going ahead with the 18month minimum period for PIP, meaning that PIP will be reassessed more frequently.  The reason?  'Most awards are reduced on reassessment.'
    That is not what is meant at all. Few people now get 1 year awards so moving to 18 months would have reduced the total number of assessments. However, withdrawing the 18 month plan has happened because they’ve come up with a plan to put people into a group which would label them for longer awards and less assessments. The direction of travel remains very much away from more assessments.
  • lisathomas50
    lisathomas50 Member Posts: 4,693 Disability Gamechanger
    My mum is a pensioner and on the pension she gets she csnt get helpneith anything as she has to much money she gets taxed as well she probably gets more than someone working a good job full time 

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