Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

MLAs should think of elderly

Would our MLAs take a few minutes to extract their snouts from the money trough in the 'bank' at Stormont and put in their hands 25p and ponder what they could purchase with that amount?

On my wife's 80th birthday that is exactly her pension increase - an amount that was granted in 1971 by the then Prime Minister Edward Heath and since then has never been increased.

Roughly, it would buy four slices of bread or one biscuit in a tearoom.

On the other hand, if she wanted to buy something, say around £300, she would have to live to the grand old age of 343 to buy it.

So come on, our impotent MLAs: stop the incessant squabbling and give these elderly citizens who have nobody to fight their corner some serious thought.

PANORAMA

Belfast

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