Why would any Scottish state pensioner even consider voting Conservative in the General Election ? The Tories will remove the current protection for annual increases in state pensions and rob many Scots pensioners of their winter fuel payments. Given half a chance, they’ll also continue to cut the Scottish Parliament’s funding until we can no longer afford to provide free bus passes and free prescriptions. Don’t be like a turkey voting for Christmas – vote
There has been renewed publicity paid just recently to the future of the triple-lock on state pensions. This is the committment made some time ago that annual increases will be whichever is the greatest of :- the rate of inflation, the change in the Consumer Prices Index, and 2.5%. Both the Conservatives and Labour have said they will discontinue the triple-lock in the near future, whereas the SNP have made it clear that, in an
Angus Robertson asked PM May a simple question to guarantee the pensions triple lock. She failed to. Pensioners should fear Tory pensions bombshell. Calling the election has delayed the Government’s plans to push back the state pension age and abandon the triple lock, due to be announced on 5 May. As things stand, May might sound an attractive proposition to middle-aged Brits, but her proposal to target pensioners’ benefits – or, as I prefer to
ONE in five over-65s in Scotland is struggling to make ends meet – despite an estimated £292 million in Pension Credit and Housing Benefit going unclaimed each year. The latest research for Age Scotland revealed that more than 200,000 Scottish pensioners are struggling financially, with 158,000 elderly people now living below the poverty line. Now the charity is urging older people to get in touch to find out if they’re entitled
Frightening information for anyone wishing to stay in the Union!
- 27% of males and 22% of females in Glasgow & West of Scotland will contribute to a pension all of their working lives and get NOTHING in return by way of pension.
- Bankers who remained in the “bailed out by the taxpayer banking system” have been and are continuing to attract bonus payment measured in the hundreds of £million simply for doing their job.
Spain is home to more than 100,000 British pensioners. Most moved there many years ago to enjoy their retirement with the understanding that they would be able to export their pension and healthcare rights with them. But since the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, these rights are no longer guaranteed. Of course if Scotland stays in the EU, Scottish pensioners in Spain and the rest of the EU would have their pension guaranteed.
Scotland’s Oil ? Aye, right !
Now that income from North Sea Oil has fallen in recent times, an independent Scotland would find it hard to make ends meet, right ?
The biggest single financial benefit from North Sea Oil is all the taxes paid by the big oil companies on their profits.
While Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom, all these
Life expectancy in Scotland is currently lower than in the rest of the UK. On average between 2010-12, a 65 year-old male in the UK could be expected to live to around 83 years 5 months compared with 82 years 11 months in Scotland, and a 65 year-old female in the UK could expect to live to 85 years 11 months whereas in Scotland it was 84 years 6 months. According to the
UK Chancellor, Philip Hammond, MP has recently predicted that the Westminster Government will not be able to protect annual state pension increases after 2020. In contrast, the SNP Scottish Government have pledged that after Independence, they will protect annual state pension increases indefinitely. The ONLY way to protect the future value of your state pension is to ensure that Scotland becomes an independent country again. To be kept informed about pension issues and the case
Engaging to inform older voters has a number of constraints that are not true of other age groups. Traditionally all voters have been informed by the range of daily and weekly newspapers, and the broadcasters. But with these conduits to the public often being governed by editorial and often political imperatives, the range, scope and even accuracy of the information is today, in these outlets, is being regularly brought into question. It is well accepted,