What happens when you lose your job at 60?
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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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