- Older people have a right to dignity and justice at all times. Wessex Regionalists are committed to a fair deal for the elderly. Old age pensioners, especially those on low incomes, have suffered greatly. The removal of the link between earnings rises and pension rises in 1980, means individual pensioners are some £20 a week worse off than they should be. We will support moves to restore the link between wages and pensions, and increase the state pension to the EU average.
- The elderly should also be able to live in their own communities, close to their families, if that is their wish. Wessex Regionalist policies are geared to the promotion of self-sufficiency in local communities, making use of local services such as small village shops and schools. Communities like these always provide a strong network to support the elderly and needy in society.
- Early retirement and improved health care have combined to make the retired an increasing proportion of the population. In Wessex, the retired make up an even bigger proportion, particularly in the resort towns. Conventional economists have presented this as a problem: an unproductive burden borne by the shrinking numbers of those of working age. We disagree. The wealth of experience available to the older generations should not be neglected, but drawn upon to the full extent that the retired feel able to continue contributing to the solution of society’s problems.
A regionalist government in Wessex will:
- support moves to restore the link between wages and pensions, and increase the state pension to the EU average
- remove upper age limits for public appointments.
Meanwhile, the Wessex Regionalists will:
- seek to involve all age groups in the life of the community on equal terms.