In a welcome move by Labour to relieve energy poverty on those with fixed, low incomes, all beneficiaries (including pensioners) are to get up to $700 extra automatically over winter.
This will reduce the rate of deaths among the old & ill as they live in very cold houses trying to eek out their benefit. It’ll reduce health costs as the more able get less ill in warmer homes.
The universality is important – if added benefits need to be applied for, the better off get them, the poorest are too busy struggling to find out about them, let alone have time to apply.
But it’ll be welcomed by all pensioners (and other beneficiaries), as Simon Bridges admits his parents will be happy to receive it. Electricity gets expensive through winter and everyone appreciates a little help.
So why does Simon hate pensioners and seems to be trying to drive them away? Simon, they’re the most reliable voting bloc, don’t piss them off…
(oh wait, I don’t mind if you do… carry on Simon…)
(at least he loves criminals though, he wants lots more of them and is willing to pay for their new heated accommodation at Waikeria)