Targeting the most vulnerable
The IMF's recommendation that the Government should target payments and benefits made to the elderly will come as a shock to many.
The IMF has touched a raw nerve in its latest report. It can be argued that while public sector pay and social welfare benefits have both been cut, state pensions have remained untouched; and other benefits, such as free bus and rail travel, free TV licence, free telephone as well as free gas and electricity have only been slightly trimmed.
But there is another side and it can be a grim one for thousands who rely so much on what they have at this point in time.