May DEFENDS decision to allow winter fuel allowance in Scotland while CUTTING in England

19 May

It stated: “We will also maintain all pensioner benefits in Scotland, including free bus passes and TV licences for the duration of this parliament.

“Social security devolution allows us to make different choices in Scotland and so we will protect universal Winter Fuel Payments for all older people and they will not be subject to means-testing.

“We will focus on ensuring that no pensioner has to live in a hard-to-heat home in Scotland by the end of the next decade through significant investment in energy efficiency.”

Andrew Gwynne, Labour’s National Elections Coordinator, said: “When the Scottish Tory Leader comes out against her own Party’s attack on pensioner incomes I think it’s fair to say the policy is starting to unravel.

“The Tory attack on pensioners’ Winter Fuel Allowance is unfair and outrageous, and lays bare the threat they pose to pensioners’ security and living standards.

“The Tories should admit they’ve got it wrong, apologise and drop it immediately.”

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