Wednesday 26 November 2014

Grey vote sees red over benefits cuts

anne-marie walsh

Published 01/05/2014 | 02:30

A man who was told he was losing his medical card after being diagnosed with cancer has spoken of his disappointment with the Labour Party.

Retired SIPTU member Seamus Murray (70) got a letter telling him he was not entitled to the card days after he found out he had cancer.

He was among the "grey vote" who gathered to launch a campaign at Liberty Hall under the slogan: 'It's time for us to take back what has been taken from us'.

The Secure Retirement campaign group called on the Government to reverse major cuts to their income.

These include reductions in telephone, fuel and living alone allowances, and the abolition of the bereavement grant.

OAPs' income has also plummeted due to the removal of the automatic right to a medical card for the over-70s and the introduction of prescription charges.

"I'm disappointed with Labour, who are supposed to be looking after working class people," he said.

Irish Independent

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