Thursday, August 24, 2006

"I Don't Believe It"

Let me see if I understand this correctly, a story running in the newspapers this morning and yet one more example of a government fiasco.

In the past month, we’ve had prisoners – still in prison – being paid a “Jobseekers allowance” and we’ve had EU migrant workers being paid child allowance for children who don’t even live here and without tangible proof of their existence.

Today we have the news that short-term immigrants will soon become eligible for a full state pension - even if they stay in the UK for only a year - because of little-noticed changes to the UK retirement system.

Changes being made under the Pensions White Paper in 2010 will mean immigrants from European countries no longer have to work for a minimum of 10 years to be able to claim the basic state pension.

So pop-over for a gap year in Britain, Margate would be a good place to start, find a job but if you can’t, never mind and then go home and we’ll pay your basic state pension in your old age. Without doubt we must be the most generous and foolish nation on the face of the earth.


Nethercourt said...

Oh Goody! Makes you feel proud to be British don't it......

Anonymous said...

I have two aged parents hanging on in France on basic UK pension. No free TV licence, no fuel supplement and no Christmas handout. What they would like after 2nd world war service is a decent UK pension. I am disgusted that they are living in poverty in France whilst we are being more than profligate with tax-payers money to 'Uncle Tom Cobbley and all'!

Anonymous said...

Anon 10.05 - I don't want to be unsympathetic but your parents must feel there is some advantage to living in poverty in France rather than come back to England and (I would hope) not have to live in poverty.
I am somewhat biased as I actually like living in England and cannot imagine living in a non Anglophone country.
In particular I have always felt France can be a very unfriendly place for Brits, rather more so than Spain is.

Anyway I am afraid I don't have any constructive suggestions other than sell up in France and move home to take advantage of whatever benefits are available to senior citizens in straitened circumstances.

I know it will be a wrench but it sounds necessary.

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid they can't stand 'Blair's Britain'and the persistent unpleasantness they were experiencing from anti-social youth in their previous home in Oxford. My comment is really about dispensing charity to those who have recently arrived and made no contribution to this country whilst British pensioners at home or in the EU are in penury because our state pension is so ridiculously meagre. Making pensioners apply for minimum guarranteed income and dishing out fuel allowances etc because the pension is to small is demeaning to most of our very elderly.