Thursday, March 10, 2005

Gibraltar Pensioners dismayed at slow response to appeals

Gibraltar Pensioners Association has expressed its resolve to continue to campaign on issues related to pensioners payments and those for widows and widowers of pensioners despite their disappointment and dismay at the delays in getting any response.

“We shall continue until we get replies,” said a spokesman who highlighted several issues currently being tackled. These include a retired teacher who lost entitlement despite only being out of teaching for a few days.

But they also want:

- the reintroduction of the Widows and Orphans Pension Scheme
- monthly rather than quarterly payment of the Household Cost Allowance despite Community Care resistance
- reintroduction of a higher rate of interest for pensioners’ monthly free debentures
- payment of a portion of an occupational pension to be paid to widows and widowers
- free transport for senior citizens.

On the HCA they are considering action including a calling of a meeting of the shareholders of Community Care. They are also planning to meet with the unions to seek support.

Pensioners can join the 700 strong GPA by attending one of its weekly meetings on Tuesday 11am at the John Mackintosh Hall. The committee is Joe Canepa (acting Chairman), Henry Smart (secretary), C Polson, Gloria Gordon, H Llanelo, K Trinidad and Alfred Medina (treasurer).

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