ON POINT

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banks and ser­vice providers that make a spe­cial ef­fort to treat the el­derly in a way they de­serve.

That means be­ing pa­tient and kind, recog­nis­ing that some of them will need more help as well as time to process and un­der­stand per­haps some­times the most sim­ple of things.

That said, ev­ery cus­tomer de­serves proper treat­ment but, I be­lieve the el­derly de­mand even more re­spect.

So, when I read of the plight of pen­sioner Llewellyn John­son on Sun­day, of course, my heart went out to him.

Here it is that this 82-year-old re­alised that he may not be ben­e­fit­ing from his life sav­ings of

What about all the other pen­sion­ers who will be hit like the rest of us with high user fees at the banks?

What will hap­pen to the el­derly, some of whom can least af­ford it, who will be sub­jected to the in­creased rates on util­i­ties?

While I un­der­stand the im­por­tance of Govern­ment try­ing to re­pro­file its debt, we must still make sure that vul­ner­a­ble groups do not fall through the cracks.

Ad­mit­tedly, it would have been dif­fi­cult to know ahead the ex­act num­ber of pen­sion­ers who would have been af­fected by the new mea­sures, but here is the chance to know how many will be dis­ad­van­taged and do some­thing about it.

We heard you, Prime Min­is­ter, when you gave the as­sur­ance to pen­sion­ers that you have their back in this in­stance with the debt re­struc­tur­ing. You also promised that the vul­ner­a­ble would be spe­cially dealt with in cases of in­creased taxes.

Be as­sured that we will be fol­low­ing up to make sure this prom­ise is kept.

The el­derly are far too im­por­tant to not en­sure they are treated well and prop­erly looked af­ter by us as in­di­vid­u­als and by the state.

BERT (the Bar­ba­dos Eco­nomic Re­cov­ery and Trans­for­ma­tion pro­gramme) must be kind to the se­niors who should be en­joy­ing their twi­light years.

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