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01/06/2012
Saga urges Government to listen to message from older voters

Saga has urged Government to take more notice of the needs of the UK’s over 50s.

Director-general Ros Altmann said: “Our surveys show that ‘grey voters’ believe the Government does not understand the needs of Britain’s older citizens and that policy has been unfair to older people.

“Britain’s older generations, who have worked hard and saved hard for their future, have seen their finances dramatically damaged during the past few years by ultra-low interest rates reducing their savings income, inflation reducing their purchasing power and QE which has decimated annuity rates for pensioners. There have also been cuts in winter fuel payments and council care funding, as well as the recent announcements of tax changes for middle income pensioners.

“Saga has long argued that taking money away from older generations – whether it be directly by cutting savings, annuity or drawdown income, or indirectly by high inflation – is a recipe for recession, not recovery. Both the economic and political news suggests the Government needs a new approach.”

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