Letters to the Editor: Jersey pensioners receive much less than the minimum wage

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From Cynthia Rabet.

IT was interesting to read the article (JEP 15 September) that reported that the minimum wage will be increased to £10 an hour, which, based on a 35-hour week, would give a gross wage of £350 a week.

Pensioners receive £225 a week. We will hopefully receive an annual increase in October, but I do not for a minute think it will rise to anywhere near the same level as that deemed essential for a person to live on. We will be lucky to receive the 3% or 4% rise we usually get.

Furthermore, if one does receive the ‘full’ Jersey pension of £225 a week, one is not entitled to income support, as the government think we have ample funds to live on.

Lobster and champagne for dinner again tonight? Yawn…

Join the discussion Email editorial@jerseyeveningpost.com or write to The Editor, Jersey Evening Post, PO Box 582, Jersey JE4 8XQ. Letters must include full name and postal address, which will be published. They should be no longer than 400 words and may be edited.

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