Saga brands Alan Milburn "bonkers" after he calls for pensioners to lose 'perks' (From The Northern Echo)
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Saga brands Alan Milburn "bonkers" after he calls for pensioners to lose 'perks'
ALAN Milburn was branded “bonkers” by a pensioners’ group after calling for old folk to lose some of their perks.
The study suggested the Coalition should target the winter fuel allowance and free TV licences for the elderly, in order to ease the pain for families.
It highlighted how pensioners have been protected, while but families with children had been hit by half the cost of tax hikes and benefit cuts.
Furthermore, state pension costs were rising by 17.5 per cent – or £13bn – over the five years of this Parliament.
Mr Milburn said many wealthier pensioners were embarrassed to be hanging onto their perks, while their children and grandchildren suffered.
And he said: “I think there is a strong case for looking again at things like the winter fuel allowance or free TV licences, particularly for better-off pensioners in order that we ensure there is a fairer sharing of the burden.”
But Paul Green, of Saga said; “Alan Milburn appears to be a bit bonkers and is barking up the wrong tree.
“Playing the politics of envy is not way to create a cohesive society. Young people are not poorer because their parents have worked hard and are richer.
“Pensioners may have paid off their mortgages, but they have fewer opportunities to earn more and change their financial circumstances than others in society. “ Nick Clegg also appeared to rule out any rethink – despite criticising the perks in the past – saying: “Punishing pensioners is not going to help a single child achieve more in life.”
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