PENSIONERS have raised concerns with Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman over the state of benefits for disabled and elderly people.
Huddersfield and District Pensioners Organisation, a campaign group for the over-50s and pensioners, have called for the justification of the basic state pension – the lowest in Europe.
With the official poverty level at £10 per week more than any pensioner receives and an estimated excess of £74bn in the National Insurance Fund, the group believes there is enough money to pay an adequate pension.
They are now looking to Mr Sheerman for help in their plight.
Jean Lorriman, 64, press officer of Huddersfield and District Pensioners Organisation, said: “The elderly feel that they are neglected as they cost too much money.
“The government have done a lot for the children of today, which I fully agree with, but why should we be forgotten? We shouldn’t be cast to one side.”
The self-funded organisation is also campaigning for better transport for the elderly and the prevention of closures of local post offices and is calling for free provision of social and long term care.
Mr Sheerman said: “I think it is fantastic that the pensioner lobby is getting stronger and I am always pleased to see them at Westminster with me.”