Ilford North’s Labour candidate, Wes Streeting, has hit out at the Conservative Party’s manifesto for unfairly targeting pensioners for cuts to their support.
The Conservative Party manifesto has promised three major new burdens will be placed on older people:
1. Scrapping the ‘triple lock’ on state pensions meaning incomes are no longer fully protected.
2. Means testing Winter Fuel Payments – removing support for heating homes of millions of pensioners.
3. Forcing those who need social care to pay for it with their homes and savings.
Pensioners would be at least £330 worse off under the new proposed Double Lock had it been in place between 2013/14 and 2017/18 compared to the uprating from the triple lock.
Nationally over 10 million people, or five out of six pensioners, are set to lose Winter Fuel Payments worth up to £300. In Ilford North 15, 970 pensioners receive Winter Fuel payments and 13,040 of these, or 82%, will lose them.
And under the Tory plans for social care, the Tories’ previous pledge to cap the cost of residential social care has been abandoned, so people will be expected to use the value of their homes and savings to pay for their social care - including care at home for the first time.
This is on top of a £4.6 billion cut in government funding for social care in England since 2011, leaving councils struggling to cope.
Wes Streeting, Labour Candidate for Ilford North, said:
“The Tory manifesto unfairly targets pensioners by removing the triple lock, means testing winter fuel payments and forcing them to pay for care with their homes. This shows huge disrespect to people who have worked hard all their lives and played by the rules. It is a terrible attack on pensioners and shouldn’t be supported.
“It is clear from his recent comments to the Recorder that Lee Scott, the Conservative candidate, will support these policies if he is elected on June 8th. I will never be a ‘yes man’ for Tory policies which will reduce living standards and unfairly target pensioners in this way.”