15,000 pensioners will see their winter fuel payments scrapped if the Conservatives win the General Election. This move would signal the end of universal support for older people and follows on from policy announcements from Theresa May that will hit the eldest hardest.
Labour’s candidate in Coventry South, Jim Cunningham said;
“If you have contributed all of your life it is only fair you have access to a secure and dignified retirement. That is why Labour will protect pensioner incomes by legislating to keep the Triple Lock on state pensions over the lifetime of the next parliament. This means your pension will rise each year by whichever is highest: average earnings, inflation or 2.5 per cent.
“Labour will also keep Winter Fuel Payments and free bus passes for everyone over the age of 60. Labour will ensure that there is no rise in the State Pension age beyond 66, and we will give the NHS and social care the funding they need, making it easier for you to access the help and health care you may need.
“In Coventry South, the choice has never been clearer. It’s between me, someone who has lived in Coventry for 60 years or the Tory candidate who lives in Kent. I will vote to protect pensioner incomes. The Tory candidate will not.”
The Tories have launched an all-out attack on pensioners and now older people face four major burdens under a Conservative government. The Tories have announced they would:
- Scrap the “Triple Lock” on state pensions after 2020, this means your pension is not guaranteed to increase by 2.5 per cent every year
- Raise the State Pension Age, meaning 34 million people will face the prospect of working longer
- Means-test Winter Fuel Payments, this means 15,000 pensioners in Coventry South could be left without the financial support they need to heat their home in the winter
- Make even more people pay for their own social care. In the last parliament £4.6 billion was cut from social care budgets and now the Tories want to use the value of your property to contribute to the costs of social care at home, making it even harder for pensioners to receive the care they deserve.