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Pensioners on the march for a better deal.

MORE than 2,000 pensioners marched through London yesterday to demand better pension rights.

On the 91st anniversary of the first Pensions Day in 1908, when UK pensioners registered for the first old-age pensions, senior citizens demanded that their payments be kept in line with the rest of society.

The procession, including OAPs with walking sticks and wheelchairs, was accompanied by a traditional jazz band.

The current basic pension of pounds 66.75 a week is pounds 8.25 less than than the young and jobless receive on income support.

The National Pensioners' Convention, which represents about 1 million elderly people in Britain, is calling for pensions to be made equal to income support and for pensions to be linked to growth of earnings instead of being price linked.

NPC spokesman Dr Gary Kitchen said: "People who have worked for 40 years and paid national insurance contributions are getting less than people on income support. This isn't only about money, it's about the state of society and how old people are treated."
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Author:Read, Len
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 19, 1999
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