Two MPs in Coventry and
Warwickshire have called on the government to increase the basic state
pension and give free TV licences to all pensioners.
Jim Cunningham and Andy King
have signed an early-day motion calling on the Chancellor Gordon Brown
to hand over the billions of pounds raised from the auction of mobile
The Labour MPs, who represent
Coventry South and Rugby and Kenilworth, have joined more than 70
colleagues in congratulating the government on raising more than £20
They have called for the money
to be re-distributed to pensioners and for the free licence to be
extended to all elderly people, not just those over 75.
Mr Cunningham said:
“We, as Members of
Parliament, need to ensure that pensioners receive a decent standard
of living and are well looked after when they retire and begin to
rely more on the state for support.
“The pensioners of this
country are owed a great deal, and by using the money resulting from
the mobile phone licence windfall wisely, we can ensure that wall
our pensioners receive a boost to the quality of life.
“I am positive that this
government is working hard for pensioners, and wish to see this
proposal implemented as a further commitment to the welfare of our
Pensioners’ groups across
the country have been holding demonstrations following the latest rise
in their weekly allowance.
They urged the government to
be more generous after seeing their pension rise by just 75p a week.