'War' declared

PUBLISHED: 11:38 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 15 June 2010

AXMINSTER-based president of the Devon Pensioners' Action Forum Albert Venison is stepping up the pressure on Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Mr Venison has spent ten years writing letters to Whitehall demanding answers over pensioners and benefit issues. Af

AXMINSTER-based president of the Devon Pensioners' Action Forum Albert Venison is stepping up the pressure on Prime Minister Gordon Brown.Mr Venison has spent ten years writing letters to Whitehall demanding answers over pensioners and benefit issues.After a decade "without adequate reply", Mr Venison has said he is stepping up his letter campaign to the government.He said: "I have written a declaration of war to Mr Brown and ensured that all political parties have been copied in and also other organisations that will also be on the receiving end of any other concerns that are worrying the older generation of this country, namely England. "Be assured that these will be many and frequent and will carry on until we achieve a result."In his 'declaration of war' to Mr Brown, Mr Venison said: "When bigamy in this country is illegal, why is it that those who come to this country with more than one wife are paid benefits for those wives of up to more than £10,000 a year. "This is more than the basic pension for a single person who has paid the full contributions for the whole of their working life!"Whilst acknowledging that they are contributing something to the economy of the country, why is it that after working here for just two years, persons are allowed to draw benefits for dependents and send that money out of the country to those dependents still living overseas?"Why are the majority of pensioners in England worse off than they were at the beginning of 1998 and why do so many decide that they are better off living abroad? "If the immigration service was efficient we would be able to get a true picture of the number choosing to do so."Since Pensioners in England usually have to beg for things, I humbly beg that you yourself will give answers to these questions and give some indication as to when things will improve. "Before the magic date of 2012 please, since so many of us older persons will be dead before then.

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