HOW PENSION REFORM KILLED OFF THE HIGH STREET
Town centres are where the working poor, unemployed and pensioners shop.
Shown by amount of bank and building society branches, post office and charity shops all along the high street, mostly pedestrianised for slow walking elderly, who may also be disabled and / or chronic sick.
The low / no waged are the ones coming into town to shop, shown by the amount of Poundlands and the like in town centres.
So with benefit cuts and the loss of state pension at 60 for women from 2013 (so far to 530,000 women and onwards) there has been a huge loss of footfall to town centre shopping.
Worse is to come with the Flat Rate Pension, that is not more pension but less and in many cases nil income in old age altogether.
See if you lose most or all of your state pension:
Also my the online petition is against the loss of higher age related tax allowance at 65 from 2013, again withdrawing money for shops on the high street.
So if you are between 18 and 45, this online petition affects your chance of work from all the empty shops, staying empty for years with councils wasting funds in putting cardboard murals pretending the shop is full of customers.
Look about you on the high street, see how many women there are of the Baby Boomers (born between 1945 and 1965) looking after the grandkids or helping their elderly parents to shop.
All these are lost customer footfall that could bring shops back into business, if only they had had their state pension payout (and works and personal pension at that) at 60 for women and 65 for men.
The rules mean you can stay in your job if take state pension payout. Why not all kinds of pensions?
Businesses not paying National Insurance or into a works pensions or person continuing to pay into personal pension.