How to spend that 25p pension windfall | Letters

Carers’ allowances show how those who look after others are being taken for granted, writes Hilary Land. Plus advice from Su James, David Dowsett and Bob Epton for older pensioners on spending their extra 25p

Like Elizabeth Pearson (Letters, 23 March), I have received a letter from the DWP informing me of the extra 25p a week on my pension once I’ve reached 80 years. We should spare a thought for the 1.3 million carers under pension age who are receiving carer’s allowance because they are caring for a close family member or friend for at least 35 hours a week and, if still in paid employment, earning £128 a week at most. In April they will receive an extra 35p per week when this allowance, one of the lowest in our benefit system, is increased to £67.60. This is yet another example of how little care and carers are valued.
Hilary Land
Bristol

• Elizabeth Pearson asks what she might do with her 25p weekly pension increase. We suggest she saves it in a 35mm film canister until she has enough to buy a jar of homemade marmalade.
Su James and David Dowsett
Talybont, Ceredigion

• If Elizabeth Pearson saves her extra 25p a week for exactly 200,000 years, she will have the £2.6m needed to build herself a Boris-style press briefing room.
Bob Epton
Brigg, North Lincolnshire

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