Over the last week there has been fury over the government’s consideration to raise the pension age to 75 based on findings from the centre right think tank, The Centre for Social Justice, which is led by the former conservative party leader Iain Duncan Smith.
The proposal is to raise the state pension age to 75 over the next 16 years. It would go up to 70 just nine years from now as the changes phased in.
They are seemingly not happy enough with a decade of Tory austerity, which has left thousands dead and millions in poverty, having resurrected Victorian diseases, given us the worst decade of wage growth since in the Napoleonic War…
They now want the rest of us to work until we drop. Yet Iain Duncan Smith has actually stated that increasing the retirement age would “improve health and wellbeing” and Boris Johnson claims the Tories are “the party of the people.”
I mean who are these people kidding, the Tories are the party for the privileged and always have been.
Aside from this being a policy that discriminates against working class people who don’t have the means to retire early, I think the idea to raise the retirement age is despicable, as data shows life expectancy in Britain is in decline for the first time since records began in 1982.
Here in Northampton average male life expectancy is 78, and 82 for females. But under these plans, people living in some areas of the town won’t make it to retirement, in Kings Heath and Spencer for example, the average life expectancy for a male is below 75.
So here’s an idea, rather than enabling the Tories to make you or others work to the drop, at the forthcoming General Election, let’s drop them at the ballot box and elect an MP and a government that will provide you with a brighter future. So when the time comes, please vote for me and Vote Labour.
Gareth Eales – Labour Parliamentary Candidate, Northampton South
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