Here is something for Theresa May to ponder on. I have worked all my life and I never earned more than £16k gross. But I was brought up just after the war when we had very little, and I was taught to value what I had and to be careful with my money.
I tried, even on my low salaries throughout the years, to save money every month so that I would not be a financial burden on my family when I got older. I paid extra contributions into my pension scheme, so that I would have the money to pay fuel and food bills when I retired. My family had one holiday per year, we had a small second hand car and bought a cheap ex council house which is currently valued at a meagre £60k. Saving money for the future had been the mantra of successive governments, so they can hardly complain when I did just that. The result is that I am now financially able to help my family when they need small amounts of money and I have never owed anyone a penny. I do not know how much longer I will live for, so I still have to be prudent to make sure I don’t run out of money before I die. There were other people, who were earning tens of thousands of pounds more than I was, who will have chosen to enjoy their money with expensive holidays, nice houses, big cars, and a nice lifestyle but, they may not have saved their money. There are others who evaded the rigours of work and have lived a life on whatever benefits they could and so are unlikely to have much money in a bank and probably still continue to claim benefits. I also make no apology for mentioning that some people in my city seem to be hanging about on the streets, the cafes and the parks rather than being out seeking work. When it’s sunny you would think they were on holiday judging by the way they are lounging about all day, and you wonder where they get their money from. Benefits most likely.
When Mrs May informs us that she intends means test winter fuel allowances, and scrap the triple lock on state pensions, does she not realise how unfair that is? People who have had a good life but not saved, and those who haven’t worked and so had little to save with, will qualify for the benefits that those of us who have acted responsibly will be means tested out of, on top of seeing our pensions eroded by scrapping the triple lock. Is that fair? It seems to me that older people, who have saved, will be hit to pacify the younger people who are having a tough time and encourage them to vote Conservative. If Mrs May thinks I will vote for the things that are going to adversely affect me, and impact on the help I can give to younger family members, she is very much mistaken.