Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Ringland outlines plans to fight pensioner poverty

The Ulster Conservative and Unionists New Force has launched a special older persons’ manifesto to tackle pensioner poverty.

It reiterated that a Government headed by David Cameron will restore the link between the basic state pension and earnings along with pledges to retain the Winter Fuel Allowance, pension credit, and free TV licences for over-75s.

East Belfast candidate Trevor Ringland said the pension and earnings link was “key” if the country is to address poverty.

“A Conservative and Unionist Government will look at how to promote flexible retirement ages, giving older people the choice over when they leave employment,” he added.

It would also increase National Health Service spending every year and urge the Stormont Executive to do the same, as well as ensuring “that no older person is forced to sell their own home to pay for their care home fees”.

Older people will also be involved in new volunteer programmes and greater rights would be given to grandparents after parental break-ups.

“It represents real commitment to older people in our society,” Mr Ringland added.

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