Pensioners Subject to More Charges

A report released by the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care is another craven attempt to take money from Britain’s pensioners.

The commission, established  by the King’ Fund charity, said that “all pensioners are no longer poor pensioners”. They want the introduction of universal charges that would also hit the elderly including billing for hospital stays and doctor’s appointments. Other measures put forward include an end to free bus passes, free prescriptions and free TV licences.

We can only hope these ideas are never implemented. Pensioners have contributed to the system their whole lives and deserve free and easy access to all of the services that they need.

Charging anybody, let alone some of the most vulnerable and deserving people in society, for use of the health service is a betrayal of them.

There are “hard choices” to be made but these recommendations are not the right ones. Britain’s elderly are increasingly seen as a soft target for those who want to cut public spending. Imposing misery on millions of pensioners is a harmful and immoral way of trying to balance the books.

The doom and gloom continues. There’s getting less and less to target and the vulnerable will pay the heaviest penalty.

EU Migrants Claiming Welfare Benefits

An article in the Daily Express has noted that the number of Europeans claiming benefits in the UK has more than doubled over the past decade  – at a cost of hundreds of million pounds.

Fewer than 50,000 EU claimants in 2003 were relying on British state benefits – but that figure rocketed last year to 121,000, according to government data.

If all migrant claimants were on the minimum handout of £56.80 a week, the cost to hard working taxpayers would be £357 million a year.

But the true figure will be much higher when extras – such as housing and child benefits, disability and carers’ allowances plus tax credits – are taken into account,

These statistics are released after campaigners warned that 50,000 EU migrants will flood into the UK over the next five years.

The revelations about the unwanted EU burden on Britain’s already overstretched welfare state has provoked outrage 


Ukip’sTim Aker said” These shocking numbers expose what happens when the Government  irresposibly opens the door unconditionally topeople from from the whole  of eastern Europe who come from much poorer countries.

“We must have a firm but fair immigration policy that welcomes those who come here to pay in before they take out and not those who take out more than they put into the tax pot.

“Under Ukip, new migrants would have to to be able to support themselves for five years before they could claim benefits.”

Jack Hart of the Freedom Association, said “While the Government had worked hard to reduce the country’s overall welfare bill, it’s hand are tied when it comes to tackling the large sums that are claimed by EU migrants

” The only way the UK can really continue to reduce the welfare bill is to regain control over its own immigration policies and control the number of EU migrants who arrive and are entitled to claim welfare benefits.” The latest figures are contained in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) statistics.

Of the 49,970 EU citizens  living on state handouts in Britain in 2003, just 3,890 were from new member states.

By 2013, the total number of Europeans being supported by the British taxpayer was 121,000. ButsJuzeBsJuzerussels’ policy of expansion meant those countries from eastern European accession countries rocketed to 58,950.

The largest group of EU claimants in the UK last year was the army of 26,500 unemployed Poles – an increase on the 1,300 signing on 10 years previously.

The second biggest growth was seen among Portuguese  registered for benefits, which more than doubled in a decade from 5,700 to 12,400.

Slovakians on the dole shot up from just 100 a decade ago to 8,000 last year and there was also a massive hike in Lithuanians from a mere 300 to 6,500

Among others in Britain without a job were 6,800 Dutch, 6,400 French, 6,300 Italians and 5,500 Czechs.

A DWP spokesman said “We have brought in reforms to ensure we have a fair system – one which provides support for genuine workers and jobseekers but does not allow people to come to our country and take advantage of our benefit system.”

This state of affairs is unsubstainable and if the EU is for us this situation certainly is not!!!!!.