Council backs pensioner discount day

Newtownabbey Senior Citizens' Forum chair and Age Sector Platform representative Anne Watson has called for major retailers to have a dedicated discount day for pensioners. INNT 18-611con
Newtownabbey Senior Citizens' Forum chair and Age Sector Platform representative Anne Watson has called for major retailers to have a dedicated discount day for pensioners. INNT 18-611con

NEWTOWNABBEY councillors unanimously supported a plan for retailers to introduce a dedicated discount day for pensioners.

At April’s Policy and Governance Committee meeting, Anne Watson chair of the Newtownabbey Senior Citizens’ Forum and representing Age Sector Platform asked the council to support a petition for a ‘Silver Saver’ day to be introduced by major retailers. They are asking for retailers, such as Asda and Tesco, to allow pensioners to buy products at a discounted rate on a specified day of the week.

Anne explained: “If a supermarket is selling a pack of oranges for a £1 and they are on offer at two packs for £1.50, we are asking that they allow older people to buy one pack for 75p. Most pensioners live on their own and have no need for so much food, so it ends up in the bin and wasted.

“Some retailers already offer discounts to pensioners, but by others introducing it, this would greatly help pensioners struggling to cope with rising costs. Also if retailers did this, that day would be their most popular of the week and will have their tills ringing.”

Anne said the campaign was hoping to get 10,000 signatures to take the matter to the retailers.

Councillor John Scott responded: “This is a fantastic idea and something I fully endorse. I would sign this petition without even knowing the details. This would be especially useful for older people buying the likes of milk or other perishable goods.”

Alliance representative Lynn Frazer added: “This would also go a long way to helping improve sustainability and promote green issues by reducing waste, which we are all very aware of these days.”

Alderman Victor Robinson capped off the discussion, he said: “This to me is a fantastic idea and one that I hope major retailers take up. I can’t see why the likes of Asda and Tesco can’t do this.”