Monday, 23 February 2015

Conservative plans to ring fence pensioner benefits will hit the working age poor

The working age poor will pay the price under the Conservatives' plans to ring-fence pensioners benefits.

The Conservatives plans include protecting all universal pensioner benefits such as the winter fuel allowance and free TV licences.

Liberal Democrats believe in creating a fairer society. Our plans include removing the winter fuel payments and free TV licences from the wealthiest five per cent of pensioners.

Commenting Liberal Democrat Pensions Minister Steve Webb said:
"The working age poor will pay the price for the Conservative ring fence for the very wealthiest pensioners.  
"The Conservatives are proposing £12bn of welfare cuts which is the equivalent of a £1500 cut for eight million people.  
"By ruling out any changes to benefits of wealthy pensioners they are showing their determination to balance the books solely on the backs of disabled people and the working age poor."