Well done for highlighting the ridiculous report spewed from “The Committee on Intergenerational Fairness” one wonders why there is a need for an Upper House! I am 70 years of age, my wife is 68. We have both spent our entire lives working. I have never been out of work, my contributions to National Insurance and income tax have been paid in full. Indeed, I still pay income tax, this being our commitment to HMRC.
Neither of us have ever received benefits other than “Family allowance” while our children were in full time education. I find it so disappointing that our government considers that our state pensions are classified as benefits! Surely, having paid national insurance all my life makes my state pension an entitlement.
Regarding freedom passes, as pensioners it has been a godsend to us. My wife has been quite unwell of late, requiring quite a few hospital visits and stays. Imagine if I were to have to find the money for parking, or indeed, fares on public transport.
William Conroy, by e-mail