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Charlynne Pullen: Tories are a threat to pensioners’ living standards

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A Triple Whammy will hit Milton Keynes 32,000 pensioners hard if the Conservatives remain in Government.

Pensioners have been betrayed by the Conservatives’ manifesto, targeted with a triple whammy. Older people stand to lose the pension guarantee in the next parliament, the Winter Fuel Allowance is being hacked away at and their plans could mean millions having to work longer to get their State Pension.

Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes North Charlynne Pullen said, “The proposals from the Conservatives are causing unease amongst pensioners from Stantonbury to Newport Pagnell. Many are telling me they will not vote for such drastic proposals.

Existing Government actions are already leading to :

* Spending on pensioner benefits falling in real terms next year.

* The estimated number of pensioners living in poverty, after housing costs, in 2015/16 was 1.9 million. This is an increase of 300,000 compared with 2010/11.

* 400,000 fewer older people are receiving state-funded social care, and the number of days patients are stuck in hospital because there is nowhere safe to discharge them has reached a record high in recent months.

Charlynne Pullen added, “Far from addressing the problems they have caused, the Tories now offer only more insecurity for older people.

The 2017 Conservative manifesto contains a triple whammy for pensioners:

* scrapping the Triple Lock

* cutting Winter Fuel Payments

* raising the State Pension age

Charlynne Pullen concluded, “Theresa May is asking millions of people to work longer only to receive far less generous support in retirement and worse public services. The Tories are a threat to pensioners’ living standards.

Only a Labour Government will stand up for the many.

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