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UK voters' panel: Georgina Grant

MEET THE PANEL
Georgina Grant
Name: Georgina Grant
Age: 62
Lives: Guildford
Works: Communications officer
Voted: Conservative
In 10 words or less:
"A grandmother who values family life, employed, but approaching retirement"

The situation with pensions is a complete mess.

A state pension which relies on the number of National Insurance contributions is patently unfair to those not continuously in full-time work.

Private pension scandals have discouraged many from saving for their twilight years.

Many people of my generation will have worked for 50 years. But now many people do not start work until 22, so raising the retirement age does not seem unreasonable.

It is also imperative that the issue of raising revenue for local government is addressed.

Council tax bills have risen enormously in the past few years with people on low incomes paying the same as a household with more than two wage-earners. It is people who use local services, not properties.

VOTERS' PANEL: QUEEN'S SPEECH

In an age when identification is required for many purposes, I cannot understand why carrying an ID card is perceived as infringing civil rights.

I think life would be much simpler if we carried cards with biometric data.

Success in tackling issues important to the electorate during the campaign such as immigration, MRSA and anti-social behaviour would make Britons feel they have a great country to live in again.

I don't believe the general public will even remember what was said in the Queen's Speech in a few weeks.

They will talk about what was in Labour's manifesto, not what was actually said in the speech.


Your comments:

Agree with you on pensions Georgina, as one who, through no fault of own wasn't able to keep up payments. Disagree re ID cards, but agree with Council Tax so why didn't you vote Lib Dem? They would have put your pension problem in as well. As for the public remembering the Queen's speech, they sure will when laws are voted in and we have no liberties left.
Alec, Somerset UK

I would like to respond to those who ask why I did not vote for a local income tax. It was for the simple reason that I did not think it would work. I have read recently that the Lib Dems are now thinking of dropping the idea.
Georgina Grant, Guildford, UK

Perhaps you are saying with the criticism of private pensions that people don't want their retirement to be at the whim of others. ID cards will not do the job they are promised to do and are a waste of money. Council tax - switching to a paying for what you use - which was what the Poll Tax purported to do (but didn't) is only fair if the people on incomes less than 20K are given pay rises to compensate for the money that local government and national government direct to them from national and local taxes. What was your opinion on a local income tax?
Mike, London UK

Agree with Georgina. ID Cards are a good thing and state pension a necessary fallback.
Jpseph A Muscat, Ta'Xbiex, Malta

Georgina complains about council tax being based on property prices but still voted Conservative rather than Lib Dems - the only party calling for council tax to be based on ability to pay. I have little sympathy for people who say one thing but don't back it up where it really matters - your vote!
Michael, London





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