Pensioners 'living in dread' over cutbacks
Published 24/11/2010 | 05:00
Pensioners spoke yesterday of their sense of betrayal by the Government as a new study unveiled the stresses and fears of older people.
Many are living in dread of cutbacks in public spending and some have found themselves in a precarious position over the past year, according to the research.
"I just feel we have been absolutely sold down the tubes," Nuala Gilsenen (72), from Kimmage, Dublin, said. She spoke out at the launch of the 'Feeling the Pinch: One Year On' report.
She referred to cutbacks including the removal of the state pension Christmas bonus -- equivalent to a 2pc cut in the pension. "I miss that dreadfully for food and heat," she said.
Vincent Colman (71), from Sutton, Co Dublin, said he was "old, bold and mad as hell".
He added that the state of the economy was now "disgraceful".
Up to 40,000 signatures gathered by the Older and Bolder Alliance to 'defend' the state pension will next week be presented to the Government.
Meanwhile, Charity Alone confirmed it was setting up a scheme with Bord Gais Energy to cover the payments of older people having difficulty meeting bills.