TUC general secretary Brendan Barber comments on the so-called 'Granny tax' in the 2012 Budget:
"The Chancellor's decision to raise more than a billion extra pounds in tax from pensioners by freezing age-allowances will come back to haunt him.
"Pretending that pensioners will be grateful because it will simplify their tax is a vain hope. Instead they will see that they are being asked to pay more while the super-rich have kept all the pensions tax relief - a heavy burden for ordinary taxpayers.
"Older workers and pensioners are paying a heavy price for a pro-rich Budget."