Raising pension age unfair

LETTER

Having heard Jacinda Ardern and Bill English discuss whether the age for receiving superannuation should be raised or not, I agree with Jacinda that it would be unfair to expect hard-working people like forestry workers, drivers of big trucks, and many others to wait longer for their pension. Instead, it would be better to get people like MPs, doctors, lawyers and businesspeople to wait till they retire to get the super, because they don’t need it. (Of course, they have paid more taxes than most of us.)

Also, when superannuation was introduced it was intended to be universal, but that was at a time when our standard of living was one of the highest in the world. It need not be set in concrete when there are so many other needs now.

I know one person who said he did not need his super, but they send it to him anyway — so he regularly gives it away to various deserving causes.

Pamela Mathias

Having heard Jacinda Ardern and Bill English discuss whether the age for receiving superannuation should be raised or not, I agree with Jacinda that it would be unfair to expect hard-working people like forestry workers, drivers of big trucks, and many others to wait longer for their pension. Instead, it would be better to get people like MPs, doctors, lawyers and businesspeople to wait till they retire to get the super, because they don’t need it. (Of course, they have paid more taxes than most of us.)

Also, when superannuation was introduced it was intended to be universal, but that was at a time when our standard of living was one of the highest in the world. It need not be set in concrete when there are so many other needs now.

I know one person who said he did not need his super, but they send it to him anyway — so he regularly gives it away to various deserving causes.

Pamela Mathias

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