Wednesday 25 April 2018

Treat 'grey vote' with contempt at your peril

With pensions so badly hit, the family home is one of the few ways older people have of accumulating some degree of security. Photo: Stock
With pensions so badly hit, the family home is one of the few ways older people have of accumulating some degree of security. Photo: Stock
Editorial

Editorial

In 'Old Man's War', John Scalzi wrote: "The problem with ageing is not that it's one damn thing after another-it's every damn thing, all at once, all the time." That is precisely how many elderly people may be feeling given the range of challenges they are pitted against.

Last month, Age Action railed against claims of steadily increasing charges imposed by nursing homes which were pricing older people and their families out.

This week we reported how 5,000 people must wait until they are 66 to claim their pensions, now comes news that a proposal is being mooted to do away with the relief on family homes from capital gains tax should a couple, as the elderly often do, choose to downsize.

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