VOTING LABOUR OUT OF HABIT
Because of generations of voting Labour right back to when Labour began at the turn of the 20th Century, there is an old saying, that if a pig had a red Labour rosette round its neck, a loyal Labour voter would vote it into government.
But Labour has betrayed all its faithful voters by not bringing back the 1975 law Labour passed to guarantee pensions, that the Tories revoked in 1993.
So government is under no legal obligation to pay state pensions, which explains all the lost state pensions in the Flat Rate, especially to women.
The amount of people being left with nil income in old age has rocketed with the Flat Rate Pension coming in 2016. Not even 30 per cent of new claimants will get the new flat rate, and even with that will get less as the Flat Rate Pension ends Pension Credit and SERPs / S2P.
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The state pension of £144 may indeed be under what the EU says under the Social Charter it should be, as the £138 they suggested, when the basic state pension is around £102-£110, had not taken into account all the tsunami of benefit cuts and bedroom tax imposed on the most vulnerable and on the working poor.