Friday, December 15, 2006

Age benefits

What a coincidence!
After my first post on this age related topic, suddenly two additional age advantages have arrived in my life.

Firstly I am now in receipt (for the first time) of my government grant "Winter Fuel Allowance" of £200 to allow me to keep warm this winter. Now I sort of feel embarrassed to take this as I am still in full employment with an above average income and really am not in need of any 'charitable' donations for keeping warm. However my friends tell me "you have paid enough taxes so far in your life - so take it".

Secondly, I telephoned my optician yesterday to arrange a bi-annual sight test and was told that as I am now over 60 I do not have to pay for it.

This is in addition to the fact that I already receive free medical prescriptions and I am eligible for a concessionary bus pass!

So to my original hypothesis that age is in the mind, I am really glad I feel that way because with all this emphasis by the state on how I now need to benefit from handouts because I am old, I could easily get very depressed.


Further on up the road said...

£200 - luxury!

Now I know where all my taxes are going. To people like you that don't bloody need it :-)

Still the point is valid - whether you need it or not you are entitled therefore you should gladly take it before they think about more means testing... Don't start me on the allowance they don't pay to my son now he is post 16 education because I earn too much!!! Poor bugger hasn't paid any taxes yet and is being means tested.

Anonymous said...

You've paid your taxes so why not take it.