She is a retired school-teacher who worked hard to educate youngsters here in Wales for many years. Having built up a reasonable personal pension during here working life, she decided to take slightly early retirement. Then, when she reached the age of sixty, she could augment the steady income from her school-teacher’s pension with the State Retirement Pension and enjoy a financially sound retirement.
Firstly, she was surprised that her income from that private personal pension was taxable! Her income from which she had paid in had been taxed at source, of course.
Then, as she reached her late fifties, she was told that she would have to wait till she is sixty-seven before she would be eligible for State Pension.
She needed extra cash to do the things she had planned for her retirement at sixty – things like holidays abroad. She had worked hard all her life and thought she had earned such “luxuries”.
So she has started a small, reasonably profitable business for herself, and the reasonable success of that has helped her achieve a few of her retirement goals. I shall continue to support that little business, for I believe she deserves my support.
Now I see that our current Wasteminster government has veiled plans to cut OAPs’ Winter Fuel Allowance among other things. Something needs to be done to help the People of Wales!
Something IS . . .
. . . Plaid Cymru is already making a list of things which would strengthen and enlarge the decision making of our Welsh Assembly Government. The plan seems to be to know just what Wales needs and wants by way of self-determination.
Some may argue that it’s a step towards independence. Some may not want independence. But the result of the Clacton (England) election result, perhaps we need to distance ourselves from severe Right Wing politics. Remember: Hitler looked like a moderate before he gained power.