The same old folks have worked and paid into the system for over 40 years, they deserve help.
Not one word of that is an exaggeration.
The pension bill is comfortably more than half the social security budget. All pensioners in addition receive fuel winter payments and free travel on buses. Services for older people are ringfenced and cannot be cut when councils have to balance the books - in contrast to services for disabled people, children and young people. Older people are far more of a burden on the National Health Service than any other group what with them being more likely to be ill and need support and, of course, they don't pay for their prescriptions unlike every other adult.
They get all of that whether they've been a good person or a bad person and they get a lot if it whether they're a rich person or a poor person. It's universal. And there's no hint of scaling it back now that we're in a situation where the bills for older people go up but there are fewer younger people to pay taxes to fund it. In fact all that's happening is the support and benefits for younger or working age people are cut whilst at the same time the age at which that generation will receive their pension goes comically upwards.
Those are all just facts. You can interpret them as you like.
Edited by gingerjon, 24 May 2014 - 06:03 PM.