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Let pensioners choose perks

Am I alone in thinking the present system of pensioners' perks rather insulting?

Our household is entitled to a free television licence (we do not have a television), a free bus pass (with one bus a week within walking distance), free prescriptions (I have needed one in the past two years) and free eye tests.

If the state pension were reasonable we would happily pay for these ourselves and would have the choice of how we spend the money. We could decide to buy books, pay for a gardener or go clubbing all night.

Next they will remove the VAT on bedroom slippers and provide free cocoa vouchers instead.

PENNY KING

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