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J H Hall
Posted on 25 Jun 2008 12:28 pm

As a pensioner in Douglas Carswell's constituency, I find the assumption and tone of Yvette Cooper's regrettable. Mr Carswell has talked to pensioners and while she is right in some aspects of her reply, the increased tax allowance does not compensate me for the massive increase in my tax HM Treasury arranged when they removed the married-persons' allowance.
The so-called free bus passes are funded from increases in the community charge I have to pay.
I don't get a free TV licence:not old enough yet.
The £50 increase in winter fuel payment will nowhere near meet the rise in the costs of gas and electricity this winter.
So the only gain I have had against the massive rise in costs from my fixed income is a free sight test.
Incidentally, Ms Cooper's extravagant salary, pension arrangements, expense allowances, ministerial perks and fixed and massive redundancy payment, leaves this pensioner questioning her ability to remotely understand the pensioners' viewpoint.

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