The study conducted by the Fiji Council of Social Services in partnership with Help Age International finds that the elderly believe that there is a need for top up by government to compensate for the VAT and other taxes for those on FNPF pensions.

Can the board and management of FNPF please take note, “TOP UP” does not mean cutting pensions.

There are alternatives and whilst we can understand the reluctance of the FNPF Board to admit they have been hasty and not taken all factors into consideration, now is the time for them to reconsider and go back to the drawing board and act on the submissions received.

Clearly their original proposal was framed without consultation with the members, as proven by the presentations at Public Meetings.