A change in the rules in 2012, means that many pensioners, most of them women, are being cheated by as much as €35 per week in the pension entitlements. I questioned Minister Doherty about this in the Dáil, 17.1.18.
SOCIAL WELFARE BILL 2017 was discussed again in the Dáil today. Gross inequalities in pensions cost some pensioners, mainly women, up to €35 a week; this is as a result of new rules brought in in 2012 by Joan Burton. Pensioners for Equality a campaigning group are fighting this. We all have to get behind them on it.
Tonight protest about pensions inequality was spirited and fiery, despite the cold. Fair play to the Pensioners for Equality and watch this space!
JOAN BURTON PULLED THE TRIGGER, BUT FIANNA FAIL LOADED THE GUN. The target was pensioners, women pensioners in particular. And now FF have the brass neck to pretend they care about the fact that thousands of mostly women, recently retired or soon to be, will be down in their money by €30 a week. Why did they agree to the budget that endorsed this? We know what the Blueshirts are like, but Fianna Fail are classic kippers – two faced and gutless.
WOMEN PENSIONERS DONE DOWN. New Social Protection laws brought in in 2012, mean that many women pensioners will be down in their money by as much as €30 per week. The government said they recognised this as ‘bonkers’, they knew well in advance of the budget it was wrong, and yet did nothing about
DESCRIMINATION AGAINST PENSIONERS – MOSTLY WOMEN PENSIONERS – A DISGRACE. I was on the Tonight Show a few days ago. Its amazing how despite the government agreeing that it’s ‘bonkers’ that 23,000 pensioners loose up to €30 per week due to a change in the rules, yet they did nothing about it in the budget! People Power – Feet on the Street! its the only thing that will shake them up
I’ve just finished speaking in Dail to the new Social Protection Minister. I spoke mostly on the pensions issue, and also about how unfair, and unproductive it is, to ignore tax cheats in the corporate sector, while hounding the poor. Will she be any better than Leo? Don’t hold your breath.
I raised the issue of pension equality today in the Dáil. If the issue is not adequately and speedily addressed, there are many, many women in this country who are prepared to take to the streets and the government knows it!
Brid looked for clarity on when cuts to public sector pensions would be reversed. She got ‘minister-speak’ as an answer. Must be how you get to be a Minister – learn how to speak for ages and say nothing.