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to be annoyed that so many on mn seem to begrudge pensioners?

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Slartybartfast Tue 13-Feb-18 10:14:47

for mainly being too rich
so many of you seem to think that those who have retired at 65 and are likely enough to have a good pension have somehow cheated

DancesWithOtters Tue 13-Feb-18 10:19:23

And your source thread for this is?

KRAmum Tue 13-Feb-18 10:21:08

I've not witnessed such discrimination on here. I think you're barking up the wrong tree

HollyBayTree Tue 13-Feb-18 10:21:15

Slartybartfast Tue 13-Feb-18 10:22:15

plenty of posters over time, criticizing their Rich parents for having the audacity to you know actually have money
rich parents who bought their own houses
who had a good pension

how dare they

Slartybartfast Tue 13-Feb-18 10:22:31

that is one of the sources hollybay

Ifailed Tue 13-Feb-18 10:24:31

I suspect it's because many aged less than 40 realise that they won't 'enjoy' the life-style that some pensioners have now. Rather than agitating and organising to get something done about it, they'd rather sit and moan jealously.

DancesWithOtters Tue 13-Feb-18 10:25:37

That post is about means testing, because currently many people who need bus passes are not given them on a subsidised basis, whereas many people (some pensioners) who do not need subsidised travel are given it automatically.

It's not pensioner bashing.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 13-Feb-18 10:25:59

I agree OP. There's a lot of begrudging going on.

Slartybartfast Tue 13-Feb-18 10:26:19

it is not specific to that post dances

HotelEuphoria Tue 13-Feb-18 10:29:52

YANBU, I inwardly groan when I read another post slagging off anyone over the age of 50 for having such an easy life and living it up in their big houses with massive pensions.

StormTreader Tue 13-Feb-18 10:31:54

Its because people in need are being told theres no money to help them, while they watch pensioners on a much higher income and with big assets being given the free bus passes they are told are not available for them. Its not difficult to see why they are not happy.

Ll81 Tue 13-Feb-18 10:35:10

biscuit that is a thead talking about the issues of the free bus pass and the problems it's created and how one section of society are looked after much better.

I think some people like inequality, if they are the beneficiary.

liz70 Tue 13-Feb-18 10:35:17

I'm with you, OP. Most people here don't seem to appreciate that for many of these "living it up" pensioners, much if not most of their earlier life was spent living in conditions that would be considered unimaginable today. I don't begrudge them having a bit of comfort in their later life one bit.

MojoMoon Tue 13-Feb-18 10:39:58

Because pensioners appear to be immune to means testing when lots of them are rich. Not all, of course. Some are very poor.

But it is insane that my parents who own a million quid house, good pension income and are still working in well paid jobs part time get a free tube and bus pass and a contribution to their heating bills when it is cold.
They would much rather that was spent on someone old and poor who actually needed it and the tube pass went to some apprentice on 5quid an hour to help them get to work.

Because they are a useful voting block, pensioners as a group get a lot of things that aren't economically justified or efficient.
Means testing is a blunt tool but I went poor pensioners to get more and rich pensioners to get less. I would also back the previously proposed "death tax" to pay for care - I want my parents to get great care if they need it, not to get substandard care so they can pass on more to me. So I think pensioner's housing wealth should not be sacrosanct either

Failingat40 Tue 13-Feb-18 10:43:05

I don't think MN generally begrudge pensioners, I think there's a discomfort at certain privileged people who don't help others.

People who keep all their wealth and good fortune to themselves whilst standing back and allowing family members to struggle.

I'm alright jack is a very unpleasant attitude, not just exclusive to pensioners I may add.

Slartybartfast Tue 13-Feb-18 10:46:06

retiring at 65 people have no idea how long they will need to support themselves.
what the future holds.
how their health will hold out.
will they need to fund their health care/nursing home care?

must be bit of a worry.
spend it now some may think! Enjoy that cruise

BarbaraofSevillle Tue 13-Feb-18 10:46:31

Rather than agitating and organising to get something done about it, they'd rather sit and moan jealously

But what can be done about it? The last few decades have been a huge pyramid scheme that's now falling apart. The current 50 to 70 somethings have had advantages and a lifestyle that is going to be unavailable to under 40s, who can't buy a family house on one wage, will retire much later than current pensioners and face travelling for hours because they can't afford to live near where they work and there's no work near where they live. And it's a lot harder and more expensive to rent these days.

Slartybartfast Tue 13-Feb-18 10:47:37

oth those with money wont be able to take it with them and will have to sell their house to fund their care if necessary

Slartybartfast Tue 13-Feb-18 10:48:15

different times

FucksakeCuntingFuckingTwats Tue 13-Feb-18 10:49:28

I have no idea what you are talking about an think its completely ludicrous.

Slartybartfast Tue 13-Feb-18 10:50:35

get over yourself fucksake
your input not valid

Theglobe Tue 13-Feb-18 10:53:21

I think many on MN begrudge everybody, not just pensioners......

Slartybartfast Tue 13-Feb-18 10:54:03

think you may have a point Theglobe

crazycatgal Tue 13-Feb-18 10:54:07

When people in this country are struggling and not receiving help then rich pensioners shouldn't be getting things like free bus passes. Saying that isn't attacking pensioners.

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