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pensioners say ‘health and safety gone mad’ over West Kent Housing doormat and plant pot ban threat

FOR the elderly residents of a sheltered housing complex in Swanley the threatening letters were the last straw.

In July tenants of the Panter’s in Hextable received notes from manager West Kent Housing Association stating pot plants and flower baskets outside first floor flats could be banned completely if strict rules were not followed.

These rules allowed only two baskets and two pots per flat, with restrictions on size and how far tubs could extend from the wall.

The letter signed-off with a chilling warning of a “zero tolerance policy” should the housing officer find there was “still a problem” on her next visit.

The officer has still not appeared despite pledging to inspect properties again on July 20, with a number of residents refusing to follow edicts which include the banning of doormats as fire hazards.
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Our comment: A deerving case for our ‘Pigs May Fly’ Gnome Award

PENSIONERS have been ordered to remove ALL their cherished garden decorations for ‘Health & Safety’ reasons

PENSIONERS have been ordered to remove ALL their cherished garden decorations in a further example of jobsworth madness.

The ridiculous demand by clipboard killjoys comes the day after The Sun launched its campaign to sort out public body nonsense.

Trellis fencing, plant pots, rose archways and a table and chairs must go from the sheltered home’s communal area within 28 days, the edict from the local Housing Association insists.

The order even includes demolishing the 16 residents’ much-loved greenhouse — put up two years ago with money from a lottery grant.

Jobsworths quoted a list of petty health and safety reasons for their nonsensical demand after three officials turned up last month to carry out a spot inspection.

They include: ROSE THORNS “cause cuts and abrasions”.

GARDEN FURNITURE is “a trip hazard” to other residents. POT PLANTS are “an obstruction to ground maintenance teams” because they are “not insured to move any items to allow access for works”.

The Sun have awarded their ‘Non-Sense’ Award, we are pleased also to award our “Flying pig gnome award”.

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Tax on state pensions could be axed, leaving retired middle class people better off by £1,000 a year

Treasury’s tax advisers suggested scrapping the levy because pensioners consider it unfair
Almost 5.6 million people receiving basic state pension pay income tax

Middle class retired people could be £1,000 better off every year under proposals to exempt them from paying income tax on their state pensions.

The Treasury’s tax advisers have suggested scrapping the levy because many pensioners consider it unfair.

The Office for Tax Simplification made the proposal in a report that condemned the current tax rules for retired people as ‘confusing’.
Better off? Current tax rules for retired people were condemned in a report as being ‘confusing’

Better off? Current tax rules for retired people were condemned in a report as being ‘confusing’

According to HM Revenue and Customs estimates, almost 5.6million people receiving the basic state pension pay income tax.

Often, they do so because private pension payments and savings interest take their total income above the tax threshold.

More than 1.5?million of them have to fill in a self-assessment form.

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Flying Pig Award made to Nick Clegg for his plan to means-test bus passes and free TV licences

Nick Clegg receives flying pig award

Nick Clegg yesterday vowed to strip millions of pensioners of their free bus passes and television licences as a major row erupted between Liberal Democrats and Conservatives over benefits.

The Lib Dem leader said his party would fight the next election pledging to means test the handouts, to ensure they don’t go to wealthier or ‘millionaire’ pensioners.

He made the charge as Iain Duncan Smith accused the Lib Dems of damaging his plans to make work pay by railroading through an inflation-linked rise in benefits.

The Work and Pensions Secretary admitted that the financial incentive to get a job had been hurt by last week’s Autumn Statement – and vowed to put it right.

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