The Coalition proposal to introduce a basic state pension above the level of means tested benefits has got to be welcomed universally. This is yet another step to wards ensuring that we simplify the benefits system and at the same time improve the lot of some of our poorest pensioners of the future.
Anyone who has been an elected Councillor or worked in an advice centre will be totally familiar with the fact that many pensioners simply do not claim what they are entitled to because they don’t like the paperwork. By introducing this new £ 144 a week basic state pension the Government is doing away with all that paperwork and ensuring that the money get to where it is needed.
Hopefully, in time, this scheme will be extended to include all our pensioners.