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The Committee for Employment & Social Security calls for pensioners to make sure their voices are heard on minimum income standards

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Wednesday 28 April 2021

Pensioners are being advised to make their voices heard about the minimum income requirements for a socially acceptable standard of living in Guernsey.

The Committee for Employment & Social Security earlier this year launched a study to find out more about minimum income standards. While responses to the call for public input have been very encouraging, the Committee in particular wants to hear the views of pensioners on this important issue.

A range of focus groups have met as part of the study as researchers have sought to engage with both working-age adults and pensioners. Most focus groups have already been successfully completed, with a huge amount of valuable feedback provided, however researchers remain keen to run another focus group with islanders over pensionable age.

The Committee for Employment & Social Security has previously engaged with local branches of Age Concern and the University of the Third Age (U3A). Any pensioner who wants their voice to be heard on this issue is encouraged to sign up by visiting www.gov.gg/mis where they will find an online form to fill in.

In the past researchers have conducted focus groups in person, but the pandemic has forced them to adapt by moving to an online group format. Support is given for anyone who is unfamiliar with the technology required, and those taking part receive some payment as thanks for giving their time to assist with the study.

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