Pensioners’ interests are not being represented

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I HAVE just been to renew a stolen bus pass and was surprised that the fee to renew one has gone up from £1.50 to £10.

This is because we have got a new system.

I would like to ask what consultation took place amongst senior groups that this hike is acceptable or affordable.

I do appreciate we get free travel but I still think this rise is way over the top at a time when the real value of savings and pensions is falling?

Secondly, I am one of those pensioners having to ‘wait for payment’ in a transition period to attain any cash at all from my promised pension.

I will have to wait two extra years to get any payment – I assume the Manx Government feel I can cope/manage in these difficult times when utilities bills are rising at a rapid pace?

I hope the government enjoy the interest they are getting from my pension provision plan? I smile seeing unions and government workers march about pensions – I’m contributing to all this via my tax!

Finally, I am appalled that the recent consultation has recommended the removal of the retirement supplement.

I realise the committee are people who may have excellent private means of pension plans – the majority of us haven’t!

Is there any organisation on this island lobbying for pensioners or being consulted as we are constantly being squeezed on all fronts on a daily basis? I’m sure there are people sitting around government tables representing pensioners/seniors on the island but I don’t hear of their feedback to us?

Does this tokenism at meetings count?

I’d like your paper to interview some individuals or organisation involved please, if they come forward.

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