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Age Allowance Petition

AGE ALLOWANCE PETITION

In the March 2012 Budget changes were made that will effect Age Allowance from 06th April 2013. Further details about Age Allowance can be found on the HOMEPAGE.Mr. Arthur Streatfield has set up an e-petition which reads as follows:-In the 2012 Budget the Government froze Old Age Pensioners Age Related Tax Allowances and cancelled them for those turning 65 after 05th April, 2013.We consider that at a time when pensioners are struggling to make ends meet and yet are a group of people due to age, health etc. who often have extremely limited opportunity to make good lost income, this reduction in allowance is grossly unfair. The Government should therefore take immediate action to reverse the decisions on these allowances which were announced in the 2012 Budget.As soon as 100,000 people have signed the petition it will be considered for debate by the Backbench Business Committee. At present 71,000 have already signed and the closing date is 22/03/2013.Because more than 10,000 have already signed the following response has been received from the relevant Government department.At Budget 2012 the Government announced a phased withdrawal of Age-related Allowances with no new recipients from April 2013. For existing recipients, allowances will be frozen at their 2012-2013 levels until the Personal Allowance aligns with them.The Government accepts that many people will be disappointed by these decisions. However, no one will pay any more tax as a result of these changes. Indeed, those affected by the withdrawal of Age-Related Allowances also benefit from the largest ever cash increase in the Personal Allowance. The Government remains committed that personal allowances should be set high enough to ensure that those solely reliant on the Basic State Pension do not pay any tax.The Government has also continued to support pensioners in other ways. In April 2012 the Basic State Pension increased by £5.30, the biggest cash increase ever, and we have introduced a triple guarantee ensuring it will increase each and every year by the highest of earnings, prices or 2.5%. Pensioners will also continue to be exempt from National Insurance Contributions of 12% on employment income.Furthermore, we have protected the support that makes a real difference to the lives of millions of pensioners every day, including free prescriptions, free eye tests, free bus passes and Winter Fuel Payments, and, for older pensioners, free TV licences.Anybody wishing to sign the petition should click on the link below.http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/31778



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