Noreen Logan, chairman of Huddersfield and District Pensioners'
Association, agreed with Mrs Gibson.
The late and much respected Mr George Sundell, and his number two Mr Jack Fenney, always told Teesside pensioners'
meetings in the 1970s: "You don't want freebies, demand enough to pay your way with dignity.
Questions and comments were taken and the views expressed will be passed on to the national pensioners'
parliament meeting in Blackpool this June.
A recent report suggested that pensioners'
living costs are rising at more than double the national average, with escalating food and energy prices hitting retired people harder than any other age group, he said.
groups reacted with dismay to Gordon Brown's decision not to repeat last year's pounds 200 rebate on council tax for the elderly.
But North-East Pensioners'
Association secretary John Berry said the pounds 200 was all too often being used to cover council tax.
Jack Jones, leader of the National Pensioners'
Convention, yesterday said pensioners were too proud to be 'means-tested' for the hand-outs.
This information will be the basis of the PRBS for updating the pensioners'
records and the subsequent deletion of pensioners who are no longer qualified to receive pension benefits.
THE Government is sitting on pounds 14m of pensioners'
money each day.
Syd Ashby, regional chairman of the West Midlands Pensioners'
Convention, led the four-hour event at Carrs Lane Church Centre, in the city centre.
North Warwickshire Borough Council is considering a plan to withdraw pensioners'
current right to choose between pounds 30 worth of travel tokens for use in taxis and other transport - or a free bus pass.
REGARDING the so-called underfunding of the pensioners'
free bus travel in Tyne & Wear, I bet not many pensioners are aware that pensioners living in County Durham can travel free from their area in Consett, Stanley etc, to Newcastle, MetroCentre, Gateshead etc.