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Liz Mc Manus on cuts in the Old Age Pension

Labour TD Liz McManus has expressed her grave concern that the Minister for

Social Protection is considering making cuts in the Old Age Pension at

Budget time.

“The Minister’s suggestion that the State Pension could be cut in the next

Budget is very worrying”, said Deputy Liz McManus. “Minister O Cuív has

said he cannot rule out a cut to the State pension because other people

also have a valid claim on the Social Protection budget.

“I am very concerned about this issue because unlike any other social

welfare claimant, a pensioner has virtually no chance of supplementing

their income. They cannot enter training, back-to-work or Community

Employment schemes and the vast majority cannot pick up part-time work.

“By the time the Budget is produced in December, inflation will be on the

rise putting pensioners under extra pressure in 2011. For many older

people reliant on the State Pension a cut would have serious consequences

and could push some into poverty.

“It should also be remembered that pensioners have been hit by prescription

charges, the carbon tax and a 2% cut in their pensions already. If the

Minister is that concerned about his budget he should be pushing Brian

Lenihan to rake in some money by halting tax breaks for the filthy rich.

“Old Age Pensioners are already feeling intimidated as they are receiving

forms from the Department of Social Protection requesting details about any

change in their circumstances. While I am totally in agreement in cutting

down on fraud, these letters are causing unnecessary alarm for elderly

people.

“Minister Lenihan says he must find €3 billion in the next Budget but he

doesn’t have to cut any welfare payments to do it”,

concluded Deputy McManus..

Comment

No Lenihan and Co can find all the billions they like for the banks and by doing so he wants to rob the Old Age Pensioners

This of course is a kite and the crooks in government are testing the waters ,the next kite will be a rumours amount say 30 Euros less for the pension and then closer to the budget they will take maybe 15 Euros and everybody will take a sigh of relief and think they got off lightly

These Gangsters must be dragged and kicking and screaming out of Lenster House

so show up next Tuesday outside the Dail and show them we mean business!

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