Another moaner on the radio talk-back complaining about self funded retirees "double dipping".
What does he mean? Double dipping?
I think that his point was that he didn't think it fair that these rich* self-funded retirees could claim any discounts or benefits from the government because they were rich, well, they're self funded, aren't they?
He said that they shouldn't be entitled to any other benefits so that those people who really needed the pension would have it.
So somone who has been prudent, and in a financial position to put aside some money, and provided funds to help support themselves in their old age and, correct me if I am wrong, pay TAX on their self funded pension (again), should not be entitled to any help from the government so that people who pissed their money away (not all of them), and perhaps own nothing, can be supported by the government?
I don't think so. Being a self funded retiree shouldn't be a struggle. My mother is a SFR. She's not as flush as she used to be when she worked. She uses private health care. It costs her a bomb, but it's the best care she can get. I don't begrudge any SFRs a bit of help from the government.
And sometimes the self funding runs out.
*I know they aren't rich!