Cyprus Mail

Pensioners demand additional allowances for the elderly

Public servants still receive by far the highest pensions, two to three times as high as other private sector retirees and much higher than the average wage

Pensioners on Monday asked for additional allowances for the elderly and state-funded holidays on the island.

The demands were included in a report by the social welfare committee of the elders’ parliament submitted to the House on Monday.

Among their demands was restoration of the Easter allowance based on 2012 criteria before it was reduced during an austerity drive through the introduction of income criteria, not applied in previous years.

The new terms granted a €190 allowance to individuals whose annual income was less than €6,500, while couples received €380 if their combined income was below €11,000.

The changes caused a stir among pensioners who protested against them and have repeatedly demanded for the previous conditions to be brought back.

The elders also want a 12 per cent cut to the pensions of people who retired at 63 restored.

They also demanded an additional allowance for people who retire before the age of 65 due to mobility impairments, as well as those who retire after the age of 65 due to old age.

Elevators should be added to all government buildings, they said, making them accessible to people with disabilities.

The elders also want the government to provide low-income pensioners with vacations in hotels around Cyprus.

Among their other demands were issues on medical care and Gesy health scheme as well as driving licence renewals.




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