This website asked readers which perk they would be willing to sacrifice to help the younger generation after the House of Lords Committee on Intergenerational Fairness called for an end to retirement subsides such as free TV licences, bus passes, winter fuel payments and the pensions triple lock. The report claims benefits must be rebalanced towards the young in a bid to promote “intergenerational fairness” and prepare Britain for the next 100 years.
The report goes on to state pensioner households are now on average better off than many working age households, both in terms of income after housing costs as well as household wealth.
But according to the Express.co.uk survey, only a tiny number of pensioners would be unwilling to forego any of their benefits.
Just eight percent said they would give up their free TV licence, while three percent would sacrifice their bus pass, just one percent would be willing to go without their winter fuel allowance and another one percent would be in favour of abolishing the triple lock.
Overall the survey found a massive 87 percent would be unwilling to give up any of pensioner perks to help the younger generation progress in life.
A total of 13,855 people responded to the survey which was conducted online between 1.25pm on Friday up until 12.30pm today.
One who took part in the poll said: “They’re NOT perks. It’s what National Insurance and tax was paid for over many years. Earn it!”
Another said: “The young should get off their fat backsides and try some hard graft.”
And another wrote: “The young are lazy, selfish, entitled and a waste of space. They should give up their video games to help old people.”
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said: “We are pleased the Committee found evidence of continuing strong intergenerational bonds across our society, especially within families, and this reflects what we hear too.”
However she added: “Young people may well need more help but we disagree that this should be at the expense of the older generation.
“This underplays the extent of need among older people, and skates over the great difficulty of ensuring a targeted approach which actually reaches those older people who are the most vulnerable.”