Clearly this is a not too disguised attempt to reduce the benefit bill for the “regions” while protecting the Tory heartland for similar cuts.
If Mr Cameron wants to play the demographics of “regions”, then he is into a very dangerous game. You reported (29 June) that Scots live two and a half years less than their English counterparts. With the increased retirement dates, it means that on average English pensioners enjoy about a third more in pension payments. Does Mr Cameron propose to increase English National Insurance contributions by a third to balance this inequality?
Michael N Crosby