Monday, 29 April 2013
His call would have had more effect if he had urged those oldies who can afford it, to give the benefits to charity. I absolutely agree those who reach older age and can afford it should give generously to charity.
In the longer term it does seem increasingly likely that Governments will need to look at the costs of the current universal benefits. Given the rate of demographic change it is simply not tenable to continue paying these benefits to those who do not need them and when the financial burden of continuing universal benefits will come at the expense of other parts of the welfare system.