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A Letter A Day To No 10- No 826

August 11, 2014

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  1. August 11, 2014 1:00 pm

    The elderly are already rationed in the NHS, in benefits, in pension reform, with 30,000 dying each winter from freezing to death in unheated homes from unaffordable energy bills.

    By the raised retirement age, women especially lose winter fuel allowance, and are liable for Bedroom tax, benefit delays, sanctions and losses, and finding it hard to buy food.

    Without benefits, no vouchers to food banks.

    Housewives, divorcees, widows and poorest workers are due to get no state pension for life, for those born from 1953 and men born from 1951.

    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now

    The Greens offer a 2015 manifesto pledge of:

    – universal non-means tested Citizen Income, non-withdrawable, in or out of work.

    The 1997 socialists’ manifesto pledge offered:

    – state pension at 55 for men and women at £320 per week
    – 50 per cent increase for current receivers of state pension and pensioner benefits
    – free heating
    – free public sector housing

    If Labour offered these as manifesto pledges, they would be far more than the few poll points ahead of the Tories for the 2015 general election, and would win big enough to form a majority government with a landslide victory.

    Anybody?

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