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Letter: Pensioners' plight.

Sir - At this time of year, it's out with the old, and in with the new. As a pensioner I can already recall more than seventy year-ends, but I am especially concerned about this new year. The problem ahead appears to be inflation, already in 2007, the simple necessities of life have risen in price by as much as 20%, and that's just bread and milk! Pensions have not kept pace with inflation.

The problem most pensioners have, is that while many prices have gone up by 20%, their pensions have generally increased by only 3%, at the end of 2007, pensioners are 17% worse off than at the start of 2007.

Almost all prices, are going up early in 2008, pensioners will be worse off at the end of 2008 than at the beginning of the year.

Unfortunately, it seems that our Prime Minister, who had a reasonably good record for keeping inflation under control when in charge of the Treasury, may not be able to continue to exert his influence there now.

Already in 2008, train fares are being increased by about 5%, that's far more than inflation, and the minimum fare for the only domestic flight in Wales, from Anglesey to Cardiff has been increased from pounds 15.48 to pounds 19.99 each way, or by a huge 29%.

In Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government are spreading inflation throughout local government and local councils may be unable to keep their increased charges below the UK inflation rate. Unless pensions are increased by the same percentage amount as other price increases, all pensioners will be worse off, at the end of 2008! DAVID E SUTCLIFFE, Madyn Dysw, Amlwch, Anglesey.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 7, 2008
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