“Save The Icebergs” – Titanic Captain

btpensionsIt’s more than  a little strange that the Better Together campaign are choosing to run with pensions on their billboards.

Don’t take my word for it, let’s look at some Unionist newspapers…

Firstly, The Daily Mail (I know, I’m sorry)…

UK state pensions are the LOWEST in Europe – and even Slovenia and Slovakia give their old people more

  • Pensioners in the UK are entitled to a maximum of £110.15 per-week
  • Report says that is almost £70 below what is a ‘living state pension’
  • Nations such as Slovenia, Hungary and Slovakia offer more generous deals
  • Salary replaced by UK pension is 32.6%, compared to 67.9% in Slovakia

This is something the Mail tends to go on about often. But after all, it’s only the Daily Mail right? What about other people?

Economonitor is less gloomy but shows that the UK is planning to increase pensions at a rate that is well below the world average…

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Another site points out…

It’s official: the British state pension at a maximum £110.15 a week is the most miserable in Europe. Compared to average income, even Hungary and Slovenia better the pension benefits 12.3m British pensioners receive, according to a new OECD report.

But wait a minute, this is just those horrible Tories and their austerity, right? Labour will come in and sort it all out?

Wrong!

In 2008, after 11 years of Labour Government, which was enough time to do something about it, the website This Is Money published this…

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This does seem like very strange ground for them to be fighting on, doesn’t it?

 

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