State pension reduced

I WILL soon join the ranks of those people receiving a state pension.

Mine I am advised will be £102.15p per week.

I have worked most of my life and have an occupational pension and therefore my state pension attracts income tax reducing it to £78 per week.

I have housing costs (mortgage and Community charge) of £45 leaving just £33.

A former classmate, who declined to work during his life time and lived on benefits, has been advised he will receive £137.35p per week, plus his housing costs will also be paid by the state, giving him a disposable income of £137.35p compared with my £33 per week.

Now while I appreciate I have an occupational pension to which I contributed all my working life, these basic state pension figures would appear to favour anyone who didn’t work.

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