PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 12TH April 2009 - 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192
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A STATE PENSION OF £165 A WEEK
Kent Green Party does not believe fuel poverty in Kent can be removed as a social problem unless the minimum state pension is raised. Steve Dawe comments:
“Kent Green Party has drawn attention to high levels of fuel poverty in Kent on many occasions (see our website www.kentgreenparty.org for a press release on this dated 23rd March, for example). The Green Party has just announced its support for a new deal for pensioners. This is to include a £165 a week non-means-tested citizens' pension for every pensioner in the UK.
“There are over 109,000 households in Kent living in fuel poverty, according to the latest Government figures. Many of these households include elderly people so it is vital that the basic state pension be increased. Last year the poorest quarter of UK pensioner households saw their incomes rise by less than 1%, well below inflation. The poorest single pensioners saw their real incomes drop by 4%. At least 15% of UK pensioners - over 1.5m older people - are living in persistent poverty. This evidence, from the National Pensioners’ Convention, suggests that the elderly are bearing the brunt of the current economic crisis.
“The Government can fund a better pension. Dispensable and costly policies it is committed to at present include a national ID card (at least £12 billion); renewal of Trident nuclear weapons (£60 billion over the life of the system); road-building at £300 million per mile of motorway; two aircraft carriers (over £4.6 billion).”
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe on 01732 355185, 0845 257 4236 or mobile 07747 036192. Contact address as above.