Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Plaid’s pensioner pledge travels length of Wales

Plaid’s pledge to tackle pensioner hardship travelled from South to North Wales, gathering signatures from Plaid Cymru candidates for this election.
We've attacked the London parties for their lack of action on pensioner poverty – condemning all three for betraying the most vulnerable elderly people by refusing to promise a state pension that is sufficient to live on.

The Plaid ‘Living Pension’ policy is central to the Westminster election manifesto. We have argued that it should be the starting point for relieving pensioner hardship.

Meeting people on the streets of Llanrwst, I was delighted to sign the pledge accompanied by my colleagues, Aberconwy AM Gareth Jones and Plaid’s Honorary President Dafydd Wigley.

Thousands of pensioners die every winter, because the current state pension doesn’t enable them to heat their homes and put food on their plates.

What is increasingly obvious now is that Plaid is the only party standing up for our pensioners. In Aberconwy especially, with a very high percentage of pensioners, a living pension is a crucial issue. Having been involved in the care sector for many years, I understand the financial difficulties faced by older people. It is nothing short of a national disgrace that many of our pensioners are having to choose between heating or eating.

I’m very proud of the stance that Plaid has taken to tackle these circumstances – and for any of the three London parties to say that they can’t afford a proper pension disgusts me, while at the same time, they continue to mount illegal wars and fund weapons of mass destruction.

It’s a betrayal of thousands of people who have paid taxes their whole life in order to get a decent state pension. Plaid will always put the most vulnerable first – and it is a question of priorities this election.

Nobody can be sure how domestic fuel prices will rise over the coming years, but the forecast is extremely worrying.

The more Plaid MPs we have following this election, the stronger our voice will be to fight for a state pension that people can actually live on.


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