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Social Security recipients to receive raise next year

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - People who draw Social Security benefits will see their monthly payments increase by 1.7 percent next year. The increase is tied to what officials call relatively low inflation this past year.

Local seniors say the increase will not go a long way toward making ends meet.

Bonita Logan has lived in Perry County all her life. She has been receiving Social Security benefits for the past 11 years. She says the cost of living adjustment is one of the most meager she can remember in years, although she says it could be worse.

"There was two or three years where we didn't get a raise at all, and we were getting 20 percent and that helped," Logan said.

Wanda Walker, another Perry County native, says the Social Security benefits she receives don't pay for much.

"Time you pay your insurance, your health insurance and your car insurance and your property insurance and all them taxes and stuff, it's hard," explained Walker.

Seniors we talked to say any rate increase is great, but they say this one won't go very far to help pay the bills.

"That won't cover one or two items of groceries, let alone everything else that goes over the year," said Logan.

Logan says the small cost of living adjustment is not fair to seniors who have paid their fair share into the system.

"We're on the bottom and then we get the least amount. We're the first ones to get cut," Logan said.

The people we talked to say they don't think help will come from Uncle Sam any time soon. However, they say country folks look after one another and are used to tightening their belts.


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