Labour seeking wriggle room on pension entitlement age

The Labour party has sledged the government for 3 years straight on the age at which you can receive the pension, now it seems that they are cracking under pressure.

Labour set to water down its pledge to lift the state pension age to 67, opting for more “wriggle room” around the controversial 2011 policy.

At the last election it campaigned on a rise of two months a year in the pension eligibility age, starting in 2020, that would see it rise to 67 by 2033.

The first draft of the party’s new policy platform, which will be binding on the party and the caucus, included a commitment that “Labour will transition to an age of eligibility of 67 years”.

But the revised draft, recommended by the policy council for approval at Labour’s annual conference in Christchurch this weekend, has changed that to read: “Labour will raise the eligibility age to ensure the future sustainability of the system.”  

Senior MPs stress the platform covers high-level values, vision and priorities. Detailed policy will be released as part of the 2014 manifesto. They also argue the change will keep the platform relevant for longer, because the wording is more flexible than a set age.

Although Labour was praised by economic commentators in 2011 for taking a brave stand on raising the pension age, it struggled to explain the policy to voters.

National attacked strongly on the issue, with Prime Minister John Key pledging to resign rather than change the current entitlements.

I think the easiest way to solve the issue is remove universality.

It is ridiculous in many instances that people are receiving their pension when their personal circumstances mean it is actually chump change to them.

The whole idea of a welfare state is not universality, it is for those most in need of assistance, those least among us.

Revisit universal superannuation…people will understand that.


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