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Pensioners on the march in Blackpool

by Mary Phillips
Issue No. 2309

More than 1,000 angry pensioners marched through Blackpool on Tuesday of last week at the start of the annual Pensioners’ Parliament.

At the rally speakers said the Health and Social Care Act marks a low point of democracy in this country.

The official poverty level in the UK is £178 a week, but the guaranteed state pension will only be £140.

The care minister Paul Burstow had agreed to speak at the parliament on Wednesday and answer questions from the floor. He pulled out at the last moment.We had a much better event anyway without him.

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Tue 26 Jun 2012, 17:32 BST
Issue No. 2309
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