Taxing elderly is simply out of order

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I AM writing to you regarding the charging of income tax to the elderly and disabled people.

My mother is 93 years of age and has worked since the age of 14, thus paying income tax since 1932, to the present day.

She worked in service, drove buses during the war, and also worked in a factory until her retirement in 1983. It is, in my opinion, disgraceful and immoral to still be taking income tax off people when they are not working, and are just living on a pension.

After all, the government keep telling us that we should be paying into an occupational pension scheme – what for I ask?

So the taxman can get his hands on money, taking it from the elderly and/or the disabled who are the less fortunate in our society?

It is all too easy to hit those of us who through one reason or another have to rely on meagre handouts. It is no wonder that the MHKs get a bad name and that people will not come out to vote, with the ‘highway man’ attitude of those who are in power who are supposed to be looking after the elderly and the disabled.

I think that once you have retired, your tax liability should stop. If you had an income of hundreds of thousands of pounds a year, it would not matter so much.

It matters a lot to those people who are struggling on the money they have saved from their occupation, that they have already paid tax whilst earning that money, and that they should not have to pay tax on it again when they retire. Where is the prosperous caring society that we don’t seem to have now?

It is ‘screw the elderly and the disabled’ as they are sitting targets and cannot do anything about it. It should not be forgotten that these are the people, who in the war years, kept Britain and the Isle of Man going, and have already paid their dues.

I, myself, was refused further training when I was made redundant, on the basis that it would cost too much for me to be retrained – therefore, I was unable to continue to work to support myself.

I would like to think that someone will read this letter and consider that maybe the elderly and disabled should fall into a ‘no tax liability’ bracket when they have retired from work, but that doesn’t seem to make sense because it is easy to take money away from the most vunerable in our society.

After listening to the non-event of today, being our budget, I feel that, once again, the chronically sick, the disabled and the elderly have taken the brunt of it all.

Whilst I realise that we do not want redundancies, the government must also accept that those people mentioned above, must also have a standard of living, which at best, is not of a high standard. When I was made redundant, I was given no practical help from anyone, only platitudes, and when retraining was mentioned, I was told that it would cost far too much to train one blind person.

I must say that in my opinion, the only Member of the House of Keys who seems to have any understanding of the public needs, is Peter Karran, and more power to his elbow!

It must also be recognised the amount of small businesses that have failed on the island, who have gone out of business because of, amongst other things, high costs.

My own oil bill has just increased from £100 per month to £140 per month. As a pensioner, how do I pay that increase without cutting my standard of living?

The ‘level playing field’ does not seem to apply to goods and services, which can go up virtually every day, and we just have to take it, so don’t try to pull the wool over our eyes. If the Members of the House of Keys had any honour or feeling toward the people, they would all resign en bloc, as they have failed to understand the needs of the public. There is a vast difference between those on £50,000 plus per year to those who are on less than £20,000 a year.

The government have frozen pay, benefits and pensions, but have done nothing about goods and services, including local authority rents, oil, electricity, telephone etc. which we still have to buy. Our cost of living is still increasing, but our small fixed income does not.

Let the MHKs try to live on a pension, and they may just begin to understand our problems.

DAVID McWILLIAMS,

Address supplied.

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