There were very clear reasons why benefits for the elderly, including pensions, which are amongst the lowest in Europe, were universalised. Not least, the administrative costs of means testing.I was addressing a factual inaccuracy is that the old are disproportionately targeted by welfare cuts.Welfare support should be on the basis of need not age.
Prior to the introduction of heating allowance, for instance, the numbers of pensioners dying due to the cold was obscene. It is still shamefully high. One elderly person dies every 7 minutes due to the cold and last winter the numbers were the highest for 15 years.
Bus passes meanwhile, help maintain rural bus services for everyone in areas such as my daughter's village where the once a day bus hangs on by a thread.
But the 'cuts' for people with dementia tend to be hidden in the form of shrinking services and support - all slashed to the bone.
These are false economies because they just result in increased pressure on the NHS.
Meanwhile, Age UK letter signed and 38 degrees petition too