Derby Lib Dems call for £200 Council Tax refund for all Pensioners

October 19, 2005 1:44 PM

A leading Derby Liberal Democrat has hit out against Government plans to refuse to pay the one-off £200 Council Tax refund to all pensioners by excluding women aged 60-64.

Derby Lib Dem's Parliamentary Spokesperson Cllr Lucy Care said: "The Government are insulting the more than 5,000 women in Derby aged 60 to 64. They are denying them the £200 Council Tax refund on the grounds that they have retired inappropriately early.

"This is wrong. If the Government has overwhelming evidence that women between 60 and 64 do not require the same level of help as other pensioners they should produce it. Otherwise, this appears to be nothing but discriminatory."