Ian Duncan Smith's speech at 'Agenda for later life'
Published on 08 March 2011 05:00 PM
Our comment on Ian Duncan Smith's speech at the 'Agenda for later life' conference
Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director at Age UK, said:
'Today's speech has been about setting out the direction of travel and the principles driving this. We applaud the Secretary of State for taking these steps and getting the Treasury and No 10 behind them.
'Three cheers for aspiration, but this announcement appears to be solely for future generations entering retirement.
'The Secretary of State must take credit for protecting the benefits that today's pensioners already enjoy such as the bus pass, Winter fuel payment and free TV licence for the over 75s, but there is nothing in this announcement that will represent a step change forward for today's pensioner population. We look forward to hearing what plans the government have for lifting the 1.8million pensioners currently living in poverty.'
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