I’d be very much obliged if you could lay off us “auld anes” living too long and being a burden on the NHS!
To paint a typical picture of my generation (70s): my mum and dad and their parents all worked hard – no NHS in those days – some ill people just had to suffer as they couldn’t afford to pay for a doctor.
I was born just after the NHS came into being, rationing still having some effect. I left school at 15 and was in work right away. I paid the “big” stamp all my working life.
When I had my child I had to leave work – no maternity leave/pay in these days. I worked evenings in a factory until my child went to primary then I got a part time job.
When they were in secondary, I worked full time once more, paying the “big” stamp. The only time I used the NHS was when I was pregnant and when I gave birth.
I retired at 60 on the government pension and also had a very small private pension I’d paid for.
While I am grateful I lived long enough to get the pension (many people I knew did not) I am NOT “grateful” for the money I receive. I feel I paid into it and am more than entitled to it.
Because I paid for a small private pension I do not get any credits or benefits and actually have less money coming in than some people I know who never worked.
The ones I feel sorry for are those slightly younger than me who cannot claim their pension at 60 no matter how manual a job they are in.
Where did all this money people have paid in over the years go to?
Leave us be.