Taxpayers’ Alliance director apologises for ‘crass’ pensioner comment

Alex Wild, of the Taxpayers Alliance, said the government should act fast to make cuts because many of those affected would “not be around” at the next election to vote against them.

Mr Wild made the comments at a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, where he also suggested that by cutting benefits now many older people would forget which party had enacted the policy.

George McNamara, head of policy at Alzheimer’s Society, said the comments were “flippant, ill-considered and offensive, particularly to the millions of UK pensioners who are either living with dementia or caring for a loved one with the condition”.

No of over 65’s with dementia = 773,502

No of over 65’s in UK = 11.1m (17.4% of the population),

By my reckoning that = 93% of over 65’s DO NOT have dementia