OTTAWA, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Pensions, pharmacare, affordable housing
for seniors and poverty issues are not addressed in this budget and
seniors are suffering from this neglect according to the National
Pensioners and Senior Citizens Federation.
"Seniors will be very disappointed with this budget but our members will
continue to raise awareness of these issues and suggest positive
actions from this government to help the three generations of retires
who built the fabric of this country get the supports they need to live
in dignity," says Herb John, President of the NPSCF.
The United Nations, Senate of Canada, Statistics Canada, chartered banks
and numerous non governmental organizations have released statistics,
reports and recommendations showing that income, housing, diet,
prescriptions and poverty need to be addressed yet there is no
attention given to address these issues in the latest budget.
Neglecting these issues has a major affect on health and therefore
healthcare costs which represents the largest expenditure item for
governments in Canada.
NPSCF member organizations and individual members were hoping for more
from this budget on the heels of a last budget which extended the wait
for Old Age Security eligibility from 65 to 67 for future retirees. The
NPSCF has been advocating for not only reversing these changes, but
also for other steps that would help seniors, now and in the future,
deal with gaps in services and support.
The NPSCF is joining with other Canadians to create hope and change for
all Canadians. Inequity in Canada is becoming more polarized every day
and the current systems dramatic focus on the private sector has not
provided the promised wealth, jobs and leisure time during the last 30
years. It is time to take a different approach and strong action needs
to be taken using the abundant evidence that shows clearly that there
is a need for investment in our collective future.
SOURCE: National Pensioners and Senior Citizens Federation
For further information:
Herb John (519) 350-3221