Pensioners left struggling to cover the cost of utilities
I HAVE just had my quarterly water bill and was angered by how much it has increased.
This year I used 114 cubic metres costing £685. This is 5 cubic metres less than the previous year of 119 cubic metres which cost £603.
The arithmetic shows a frightening increase of a whopping 20 per cent.
There must be a growing number of people who will find it hard to pay this sort of money.
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At the moment I can pay it, but that doesn't make it all right just because some of us have the funds.
Add this monster to the other problem of gas and electricity with an average 9% increase in tariff and you begin to see why, as someone who retired 2 years ago, I and other retirees have a growing fear of wondering how much longer we can sustain such massive legal robbery before you even include all the other inflationary things like food and fuel etc.
This leads me to an underlying concern that pensioners, starting April 2013, will have no inflationary increase in personal tax allowance.
The only small ray of hope for us has been the state pension increase and the chance of a small tax benefit year on year.
Well, now tax allowance is frozen leaving just the pension increase at somewhere around an exciting 2.3%. As we surely slip back to Victorian practices, Mr Cameron had better beware the silver vote because by 2015 we will all be flushing less, sharing baths, shivering in the dark or using candles with beans on toast as a luxury after handing most of our income to the thriving utilities.