It sometimes seems that the last people to be given priority by politicians and businesses are pensioners.
There was no specific help for pensioners in the Chancellor’s disastrous mini-budget. Indeed, his decision to reduce the money raised for health and social care is bad news for the elderly.
The developing cost-of-living crisis will increasingly impact on those with fixed incomes, and on those with the most need to spend on heating costs. The state pension increase in April will fall at least 4% below inflation, leading to a serious, real-time drop in living standards for older people, who represent 55% of all benefit claimants.
Also, whilst many older people have become confident and proficient on-line, many haven’t; so, the loss of any more local bank branches is especially difficult for them. So, governments and businesses, don’t forget the pensioners!