Local News for Wednesday 15th May 2019

PENALISING PENSIONERS FOR HAVING A YOUNGER PARTNER UNACCEPTABLE, SAYS ISLES MSP

Isles SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has called for the UK Government to abandon its planned cuts to Pension Credit during a Scottish Parliament debate on the subject.

Pension Credit is a benefit designed to help low-income Pensioner households.

But, from today, 15th May, onwards, newly retired Pensioners will be barred from claiming Pension Credit if they have a younger partner, and will instead be forced onto Universal Credit. There are estimates that the impact of these changes on the average claimant will be in the region of between £5,000 and £6,000 per year.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Alasdair Allan MSP said: ‘It is clear that changes to Pension Credit are going to have a significant impact on mixed-age Pensioner households. For the UK Government to penalise people simply for having a younger partner is completely unacceptable.

‘This is a benefit designed for some of our poorest Pensioners, and they should not be forced to pay the price for the Tories’ ideologically driven cuts to welfare.

‘The Tories must urgently reverse this attack on low-income pensioners.’


STORNOWAY PEPPA PIG CHARITY WALK UPDATE

More than 100 Peppa Pig fans joined a charity walk in Stornoway recently raising over £700 for Save the Children.
Peppa fans can look forward to a further Peppa-themed event on Saturday (May 18th) with screening of the new film at An Lanntair which will include a collection for Save the Children which will be added to the Stornoway walk’s fundraising total.
Another Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Walk is also due to take place in Benbecula on June 15th at Market Stance, Rueval at 11am organised by the Uist Youth Voice.
The Stornoway walk was organised by local parents in conjunction with the Lewis branch of Save the Children and sponsored by Western Isles Lottery who also provided the mascot costumes.
Vital support was received from Bayhead Community Association who are striving to improve the Park area.
The Walk set off from Bayhead Park with Peppa and George leading the half mile loop before returning to the park for playtime on a bouncy castle and the presentation of certificates and goodies for all.
Organiser Michelle Macleod: ‘We want to say a big thank you to all who took part in this year’s walk and to all who donated and to all local businesses and organisations who supported the event.’