Pensioners stealing toilet paper to save money

Yesterday I was wondering just how desperate these times of increased costs of living were making pensioners. Reports are suggesting that some pensioners in Melbourne may be skipping meals simply because they can’t afford to buy food other than a partly subsidised $5 lunch at the Carlton Senior Citizens Centre. The centre has also reported the loss of rolls of toilet paper from the bathrooms.

It’s quite disturbing. I can’t blame these poor (pun not intended) elder citizens of our society who are not being adequately helped through this period of economic strain by our Government. Brendan Nelson’s idea of diverting petrol tax earnings to pensioners seems all the more worth the effort.

Source: The Melbourne Leader

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Nelson: Use petrol tax to boost the pension

Opposition Leader Dr Brendan Nelson suggested tonight on an interview with Today Tonight’s Anna Coren that $1 billion of unbudgeted earnings from petrol tax should be diverted to pensioners, who struggle on only $273 per week in the midsts of the increased costs of living.

Seems like a worthwhile idea to consider, especially after the outcry that was heard following the Federal Budget a few weeks ago regarding the lack of funds for pensioners. I don’t know much about the typical budget of a pensioner, be they aged or disabled, but I can’t imagine they’d have the same spending liberties that those of us in employment would be privy to. I do recall seeing a story on one of the current affairs shows where a couple of celebrities were given $273 to live on for a week and they couldn’t make it past 2 or 3 days. It seems to indicate to me just how much the older folk in our country need to tighten the purse strings to make ends meet – no wonder some put a bit of it in poker machines at registered clubs to see whether they can make a bit of money there.

(Source: News Limited)