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to hope the government has the guts to tax WEALTHY pensioners more

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ReallyTired Mon 22-Apr-13 09:12:30

The Fabian society has suggested that wealthy pensioners pay more tax.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22220345

Some how I can't see a conservative wanting to tax wealthy pensioners more when they all vote Tory.

I find it unfair that pensioners with an income more the average family's income get free bus buses, winter fuel allowance, TV licence as well as paying less tax and national insurance. It is about time that the the wealthy pensioners took their share of the pain of the cuts.

I am in favour of well off pensioners having free bus passes, winter fuel allowance as these things encourage independence and improve health. I would like to see the money for these things clawed back by WEALTHY pensioners paying more income tax.

handcream Tue 30-Apr-13 11:31:55

Under - she must be a senior doctor to get those sorts of amounts. Wow! I agree with some others that this sort of thing should be stopped. You are either retired or not. You cannot retire and then go back to almost the same role (or even the same role!!)

janey68 Tue 30-Apr-13 13:51:55

Yes I agree. I do think people on those sorts of incomes will be very much the exception though.
There is no point comparing public and private pensions in a simplistic black and white way though . Yes, many private pensions have seen their value plummet but equally if we'd had more economic growth, they would have been soaring. People signed up for different deals and someone in the private sector may well have benefited from higher salary, better conditions etc while actually doing their job. Many people opted to work in the public sector because the better pension was a trade off for lower earnings. You can't just move the goal posts retrospectively. Or at least if you do, you could do it for everyone

handcream Tue 30-Apr-13 15:48:50

I think talk of £100k pensions must apply to very very few people. I fear if we think this is the norm that someone will make a decision based on that. As I mentioned before DM as a primary school teacher after 40 yrs gets £9k pension per year.

undercoversahm Wed 01-May-13 16:23:21

yes, she is very senior and I guess the rationale is that if the NHS did not allow people to come back on a consultancy basis post retirement then they would lose their expertise.

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