Anne Marie Waters
April 3rd 2020
When a person comes to the end of their working life, they have paid their dues. It’s time to relax and enjoy life, something that is earned having worked and contributed to society for decades. For Britain believes strongly in pursuing the most dignified and most comfortable retirement we can provide. At present, our country is falling behind in this regard.
In 2018, the Financial Times wrote that the UK’s state pension was among the lowest in the developed world. While there are differences in how pensions are calculated across European nations, in terms of take home pay, the UK also lags behind Germany, France and Spain.
This must change; we cannot and should not allow British pensioners to struggle hand to mouth, to choose between heating and eating – it is a national scandal.
For Britain will increase the state pension to bring it further in line with the rest of Europe. The cost of this will be met through ending waste across the public sector. The NHS, for example, wastes more than £7 billion per year. There is something very wrong in a society that wastes billions while its elderly starve – For Britain will not tolerate this.
A further issue of concern is the inequality of pension entitlement between men and women, and the botched attempts by previous governments to bring this in to line.
The Pensions Act of 1995 raised women’s retirement age to 65, making it equal to men (it had previously been 65 for men and 60 for women). The age change was to be phased in but the coalition government of 2010 brought the date forward and much struggle was the result. Many women were not prepared. At the same time, both men and women were told they would work a year longer – until the age of 66.
For Britain wants this reduced, and certainly never increased. A pension age of 63 for both men and women is our proposal.
Previous governments have complained about cost, but they still continue to flood our shores with “asylum seekers” and “refugees” (most of whom are neither). There is always money for strangers from across the world, but never for our own pensioners. For Britain will put our pensioners first, over and above asylum seekers, just as we will for all British people.
We are not without compassion, we are part of the world and value our friends and allies, we wish the world’s peoples well, but we will not allow our own elderly to live in hunger and poverty while we spend billions on people from all corners of the world. We spend £14 billion a year on foreign aid, imagine what we could do for our pensioners with that money!
Our country has been going in a negative direction for some time. The British people have been abandoned in favour of “woke” concern for everyone else and everyone else’s culture – it is always the native Brit called upon to pay for everything but be entitled to very little.
Britain’s elderly built our country. They have seen unimaginable change. Some have lived through major wars, including the second world war, when bombs fell on them from German planes and still they kept themselves and our country together.
The idea that after 50 years or more of service to our country, retired people should spend their later years in hunger or cold, is morally reprehensible.
For Britain honours those who went before us, just as we work for those who will come after us. The very least we can do then is offer a comfortable and dignified retirement to the people who built Britain.
Anne Marie Waters