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Budget 'has not helped pensioners'



The government has not done enough to ease the financial concerns of many pensioners in the UK, it has been claimed.

Earlier this week, chancellor Alistair Darling announced that the basic state pension would go up by 2.5 per cent at least.

However, the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) does not believe this is enough, as it works out to just an extra 2.40 a week.

Dot Gibson, general secretary of the NPC, said this would be "virtually worthless" to those who are struggling with poverty and the rising cost of food and fuel, as well as limited returns on their savings.

"In light of all this, the chancellor's promise to raise the state pension next year by just 2.40 a week sounds more like an insult," she told the Independent.

This comes after Kate Jopling, head of public affairs at Age Concern and Help the Aged, warned that older people "are by no means immune" to the recession.




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