Margot Parker, tv licences, oaps, pensioners
In The Media & Newsletter » Margot Parker MEP - we should be making a strong case for a 'living pension'
The recent controversy over free television licenses for the over-75's has highlighted the issue of pension rates across the world.
Research has showed pensioners in The Netherlands, Turkey and Croatia receive more then 100 per cent of a working wage when they retire.
This compares to just 29 per cent in the UK - the worst deal of any nation in the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, (OECD).
The OECD average is 63 per cent and cross the EU it is 71 per cent.
This is appalling and we should be making a strong case for a 'living pension'.
Maybe then pensioners would not have to rely on state hand-outs for televisions, fuel and bus passes, for example, and they could be treated with the respect they deserve.
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