13,660 Denton & Reddish Pensioners to lose Winter Fuel Payments under Tory plans

WhatsApp Image 2017-05-22 at 00.32.49Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Denton and Reddish, Andrew Gwynne, has warned pensioners in the community of the threat to their Winter Fuel Payments as new figures show that 13,660[1] could be left without the financial support they need to heat their home in the winter.

In their manifesto launch the Tories launched an all-out attack on pensioners and confirmed four major burdens for pensioners living under a Conservative government. The Tories have announced they would:

  1. 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
  2. Raise the State Pension Age, meaning 34 million people will face the prospect of working longer
  3. Means-test Winter Fuel Payments, meaning 13,660 pensioners – around 82% of the total – living in the Denton and Reddish Constituency will be left without the financial support they need to heat their home in the winter
  4. 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.

Andrew Gwynne said:

“If you have contributed into the system 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, as well as keeping Winter Fuel Payments.

“The Tories have failed to protect pensioners, only Labour will stand up for pensioners to provide the dignity and security in retirement that you deserve.”

 

[1] Labour Party (House of Commons figures) 2015-16

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