ARE readers aware that it is 100 years ago that the National State Pension (NSP) was introduced, by the Old Age Pensions Act of 1908?
This was a means tested, non-contributory pension of five shillings per week for males and females over the age of 70.
The present NSP is now £90.70 per week, and in relation to the number of years that the act has been in force the sum of £90.70 is a pitiful amount, which hardly gives pensioners one pound per year since the act was in force.
Incidentally, when a pensioner reaches 80 or over he or she is given a 25 pence increase on their basic state pension.
To obtain a decent weekly pension above official poverty level, the sum of £134 per week is required, plus restoring the link of basic state pension to male average earnings, which was cut by the then Thatcher government. R C OWEN,
Judge Heath Lane, Hayes.