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People in receipt of state pensions have paid for it over the years – they are not on benefits

January 8th, 2014

It’s time the terminology was changed

Eighteen months ago I started to receive my state pension after I’d deferred it for a year. Before this was granted there were checks that I had made the contributions during the 45 years that I was in paid employment. It was only after that check that the money stated to come every four weeks.

Yet according to many politicians I am now on benefits. This I resent.

It is ridiculous that this is presented as part of the benefits budget. The state pension needs to be separated. By lumping it in everybody is getting a wrong impression resulting in the debate on the welfare budget not taking place in a proper context.

Over to you George.

Mike Smithson

Blogging from OUTSIDE the Westminster bubble 2004-2014