What hap­pens when you lose your job at 60?

Salford Advertiser - - MANCHESTER MATTERS -

ALL par­ties pro­fess won­ders while vy­ing with their op­po­nents and try­ing to outdo each other in crit­i­cisms.

They have con­sid­ered the NHS, the econ­omy, and other fac­tors be­ing the prom­ise of an elected Prime Min­is­ter.

Ever since the Con­ser­va­tives came into power in May 2010, they in­creased the pen­sion­able age to 65 years, did they think, what would hap­pen if at 60, the per­son lost their job?

Find­ing a job to­day, from 60 years on­wards is very dif­fi­cult.

I am an ex­am­ple, I can­not find a job, in spite of do­ing ev­ery­thing within my power, I can­not find a job. I want to work, given the op­por­tu­nity, but my age is a draw­back, if I were to re­ceive my pen­sion at 61, I would be able to sur­vive.

I have worked all my life and it is very em­bar­rass­ing, vis­it­ing the job cen­tre for a mea­gre sum of benefits of pen­sion credit and a small weekly pay­ment, for peo­ple of my age are be­ing dis­crim­i­nated against, due to the fact of our age.

Never in all my work­ing years has the gov­ern­ment paid at­ten­tion to help­ing and sup­port­ing sin­gle peo­ple and those reach­ing 60 years and over.

I am mis­er­able, de­pressed and down with stress, I still have to wait for my state pen­sion, which only ma­tures in May 2019, how am I ex­pected to sup­port my­self and live in the mean­time till I reach pen­sion­able age?

I am fit, well and able to work with­out any prob­lems.

I do hope who­ever wins the elec­tion con­sid­ers bring­ing down the pen­sion age to 60 years, so we do not have to de­pend on benefits, which is em­bar­rass­ing, hav­ing worked all our life. Irene Cuss Wors­ley

Thanks to Sal­ford Royal

I AM writ­ing to ac­knowl­edge the care given to my Grandma (Mrs Nora Rogers) by the Emer­gency As­sess­ment Unit staff at Sal­ford Royal dur­ing her last ill­ness.

The pal­lia­tive care she was given by all the team was de­liv­ered with sen­si­tiv­ity and un­der­stand­ing which was equally as im­por­tant en­sur­ing that my Grandma was pain-free and as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble.

The staff through­out the hos­pi­tal couldn’t have been kin­der or more car­ing with my fam­ily and my­self which pro­vided com­fort and sup­port dur­ing a very dis­tress­ing and stress­ful time.

The NHS is of­ten crit­i­cised but I feel that all the Sal­ford Royal staff should be recog­nised and thanks given on be­half of my fam­ily and my­self. Cathy Wood­ier Urm­ston

Don’t build on Gar­dens

RE­GARD­ING the on­go­ing de­bate on the ‘state’ of Pic­cadilly Gar­dens.

If you want to see how it’s done, send a coun­cil dep­u­ta­tion to Ed­in­burgh to view the splen­did Princess Street Gar­dens.

What­ever its ori­gins, it is a won­der­ful space.

How­ever, if it had been in Manch­ester, it would have been built on years ago. David Chris­ter

An­i­mals on agenda

ONE no­table thing about this elec­tion is that it seems an­i­mal wel­fare is on the agenda.

On wildlife crime, the Con­ser­va­tives pledge to con­tinue their strong work in the battle to com­bat the il­le­gal wildlife trade, Labour recog­nises the im­por­tance of fight­ing wildlife cy­ber­crime, and the Lib Dems and Greens want to in­crease penal­ties so that wildlife crime does not pay.

Pro­tec­tion for Bri­tish wildlife varies widely be­tween par­ties. If the Con­ser­va­tives win, the con­tro­ver­sial bad­ger cull may be ex­tended across the coun­try, while Labour and the Greens would aban­don it and the Lib­eral Democrats say they’ll look at the ev­i­dence from the pi­lot culls.

Labour and the Greens have pledged to pro­tect the hunt­ing ban, the SNP (whilst it doesn’t men­tion it in their man­i­festo) op­poses hunt­ing with dogs, while the Con­ser­va­tives want to ‘give Par­lia­ment the op­por­tu­nity to re­peal the Hunt­ing Act on a free vote’.

Of course, many in­di­vid­ual can­di­dates go fur­ther than their own par­ties in their sup­port for an­i­mal wel­fare, in­clud­ing an in­creas­ing num­ber of anti-hunt Tories. Philip Mans­bridge

Run event for Di­a­betes UK

I AM writ­ing to ask your read­ers to be part of some­thing amaz­ing by join­ing Team Di­a­betes UK and run­ning at this year’s Great Manch­ester Run, on Sun­day, May 10.

We’re look­ing for sup­port from run­ners who al­ready have their own place in the marathon, but haven’t yet de­cided which char­ity to run for.

In Manch­ester alone there are cur­rently 26,947 peo­ple living with di­a­betes, as well as a fur­ther es­ti­mated 6,971 who have type two di­a­betes but don’t yet know it.

Di­a­betes is not some­thing to be taken lightly – it’s a se­ri­ous con­di­tion that, if not prop­erly man­aged, can lead to dev­as­tat­ing com­pli­ca­tions such as blind­ness, kid­ney fail­ure, heart dis­ease, stroke and am­pu­ta­tion.

By join­ing Team Di­a­betes UK at this year’s Mor­ri­son’s Great Manch­ester Run, run­ners will be rais­ing money to pro­vide vi­tal in­for­ma­tion and sup­port to lo­cal peo­ple with di­a­betes as well as in­creas­ing aware­ness for those who are as yet un­di­ag­nosed.

We cam­paign for bet­ter treat­ment and care for peo­ple with di­a­betes, as well as fund­ing pi­o­neer­ing, life-chang­ing re­search into care, treat­ment and pre­ven­tion.

Run­ners will be cheered on by Di­a­betes UK sup­port­ers from cheer points giv­ing them an ex­tra boost to­wards the fin­ish line.

All run­ners who join the Di­a­betes UK team re­ceive a branded vest, crazy hair, a fundrais­ing tool­kit, on­line sup­port and train­ing tips.

If you would like to run for Di­a­betes UK, con­tact Maria Roberts on 07990 003791 email maria. roberts@di­a­betes.org.uk Maria Roberts, Di­a­betes UK

Horses want to race

I MUST take is­sue with Kather­ine Wat­son (View­points, April 17) and the sup­posed cru­elty in­flicted on horses in the Na­tional. ‘You can lead a horse to wa­ter, but can’t make it drink’ ap­plies equally to horse rac­ing.

All the ‘gee-ups’ in the world won’t get an ob­sti­nate horse to start, but for­tu­nately, the ma­jor­ity want to.

Proof of this is the num­ber of horses that in­sist on fin­ish­ing the course af­ter fall­ing and ditch­ing their jockey.

I have, on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, seen my se­lec­tion fin­ish first but, alas, mi­nus its pi­lot.

Horses love to run and jump and horse rac­ing har­nesses this in­stinct. Tony Ruddy

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