DOES Ken Holmes (Letters, January 19) not realise there is no jam today or tomorrow for existing pensioners?

The Government’s idea for the new pensions Bill was to simplify the system and introduce one standard rate for pensions from 2017, but this will not apply to current pensioners who will be downgraded to second-class pensioners and stay at a lower rate.

These are pensioners who have paid more NI contributions than those who will qualify after 2017; more contributions than stay-at-home mothers who could afford to stay at home and look after their children; and more contributions than those who have never worked and will be credited with the required contributions to qualify for the new rate.

So much for David Cameron’s statement “we are all in it together”.

AP Cox, Heath Close, Holgate, York.