MP for Hornsey and Wood Green
Cllr Lynne Featherstone went to Downing Street to deliver a petition signed by Haringey pensioners opposed to the Labour Government’s controversial plans to replace the pension book. Her action followsLabour-run Haringey Council’s backing for plans to impose new and complicated payment systems on the 8,500 pensioners in the borough who rely on receiving their pension payments at local post offices.
The Government plans to replace the pension book with three alternative methods of payment: into a normal bank or building society account, into a new basic bank account, or through a new Post Office Card Account.
Lib Dems are unhappy that the pension book has not been allowed to remain alongside the new systems, which will be complicated and difficult for many pensioners. The system will also result in a loss of trade for local post offices, many of which are under threat from Labour. Despite Labour’s claims in the Council chamber that pensioners are happy with the plans, the move is opposed by the Greater London Pensioners’ Association, which wants pensioners to have the option of keeping their pension books.
Cllr Featherstone comments:
“Abolishing the pension book is a heavy-handed tactic by the Government which will cause distress to many pensioners and accelerate post office closures across the country. Its removal is totally unjustified.”
Lib Dem pensioners spokesperson, Cllr Peter Floyd (Crouch End ward) adds:
“It is disappointing that the Labour Council did not support our motion on this issue in the Council last month. However, the Lib Dems will continue to pursue issues that matter to local pensioners, despite Labour’s opposition.”