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Pensioners and savers forgotten victims

PUBLISHED: 10:19 02 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:20 05 July 2010

GERALD Hogg is correct to draw attention to the situation faced by pensioners and savers.

They have been the forgotten victims of the economic downturn.

GERALD Hogg is correct to draw attention to the situation faced by pensioners and savers.

They have been the forgotten victims of the economic downturn.

Whilst cuts in interest rates are needed to help stimulate the economy, they do have a negative knock-on effect to those savers who have sensibly invested to see themselves through their retirements.

They should not be penalised by taxes on income arising from savings. This is one of the great injustices of the tax system, with workers paying tax on the income that they earn and then paying tax again when they save it and earn interest.

The policies set out by David Cameron help address this situation.

He is proposing that the Government should in its next Budget abolish income tax on savings for basic rate taxpayers and raise the pensioners' personal allowance by £2,000 to £11,490.

In the longer term steps need to be taken to reintroduce a savings culture. In 1997 the household savings ratio was 9.9pc. It had shrunk to 1.8pc in 2008.

PETER ALDOUS

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate

for Waveney,

Wissett, Halesworth

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