Heated clash erupts on Channel 5 over slashing pension rich for rich OAPs | UK | News

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Heated clash erupts on Channel 5 over slashing pension rich for rich OAPs | UK | News

A daytime TV has erupted into a heated clash over whether to cut pension increases for wealthy OAPs.

Radio presenter Toby Antis clashed with TV presenter Narinder Kaur over cutting the state pension rise, which is due in April, for those who do not need it.

The argument took place on the Alexis Conran and Friends show on Channel 5, which was being hosted by Georgie Barrat, who asked the pair whether they would support the move.

Antis argued that pensioners had “grafted hard” and “deserved a bit of payback”, while Kaur said wealthy OAPs were using the state pension “like pocket money” and questioned why it was right that 20-somethings’ taxes went to wealthy pensioners.

She said: “When you pay your National Insurance it’s not a little bank account for your pension, it goes towards lots of things, it’s a tax.

“Many of those who get the state pension are millionaires and you don’t give benefits to those with £1m in the bank.

“It should be means tested.”

But Antis argued that pensioners were already being hit by enough extra costs as a result of rising inflation and other factors.

He said: “Life expectancy is going up, inflation is going up, interest rates are higher, that all cuts into people’s savings, people who have worked hard and deserve some payback.”

But Kaur hit back, saying OAPs pensions were being paid for by poorer youngsters.

She added: “A 23-year-old shouldn’t be taxed the hell out of only to give the money to rich boomers.”

But despite the disagreement, the pair agreed that no political party would be brave enough to means-test the pension rises.

It came after presenter Barrat pointed out that after the April rises the minimum state pension would be £11,500 per year adding that she felt £14,000 was the lowest annual amount pensioners would be able to live on.

Antis replied: “I had no idea the pension was so low, I actually wonder if people are thinking about this and how much money they are going to have to retire on.”

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