Photo of First Person to Draw an Old Age Pension

One of the other illustrations in Rosemary Rees’ book, Poverty and Public Health 1815-1948, is this photograph from 1909 of the first person to draw their pension. Pensions were first introduced by the Liberal government, and they were paid through the Post Office as a way of avoiding the stigma of poor relief. This should be an iconic image of the necessity of providing decent pensions to our senior citizens.

Drawing First Pension

The Tories are trying to undermine state pensions, by forcing people to take out ‘workplace pensions’, private pensions which are neither as generous nor as easy to draw as normal state pensions. It’s another case of the Tories rewarding their friends and paymasters in big business. They’ve also moved the goal posts on pensions by raising the pensionable without giving sufficient notice so that people could plan to support themselves between the time they believed they could retire and the real pension age.

Mike over at Vox Political posted up a piece from Lizzie Cornish, a ‘pensionless pensioner’. Mdm Cornish retired at 60, which was the normal pensionable age for women. Then the government raised the age to 66. She is 61, and has spent a year without pension, and fears that she cannot survive the next five. She explains that she’s been caught out precisely because of the way the government raised the age without telling anyone they were planning to do so, thus giving them time to prepare.

See Mike’s article at: http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/04/22/pensionless-pensioner-brands-uk-government-most-brutal-regime-in-living-memory/

Mike has repeatedly described the policy of the Tories towards the poor, the disabled and the unemployed as ‘chequebook euthanasia’, like the Nazis’ murder of the congenitally disabled. It’s done in order to save money and provide tax cuts for the rich. Mdm. Cornish and the thousands of women like her provide further evidence that the Dave Cameron, Osbo, IDS and their replacements really don’t care about the mass deaths they are causing. It just another blow to the system of pensions inaugurated by the Liberals, and drawn by the chap above for the first time in 1909.

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5 Responses to “Photo of First Person to Draw an Old Age Pension”

  1. sdbast Says:

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. jeffrey davies Says:

    all part of their aktion t4 plans rolling along without much of a ado jeff3

  3. Ctesias62 Says:

    Just heard the noxious Ros Altmann (on radio) saying she’s going to try & help out.

    • Florence Says:

      Yes, no doubt she’ll be sending every one of us WASPIs a nice card with a little crying teddy bear, saying SORRY, with the inside reading “Now sod off, there’s no chance a bunch of old women who are neither use nor ornament is getting another penny from Osborne”.

  4. efgd Says:

    The truth is the Conservative Party elite do not care about ordinary people full stop. I think the Conservative Party should be made to change its name to Con Party as under the Trades Descriptions Act 1968, which is still in force, the Conservative Party has acted most non-conservative and is not what it says it is “on the tin” đŸ˜‰

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