Labour will stand up for older people and has made five key pledges to ensure older people have the security and dignity they deserve:
- Secure pensioner incomes with the Triple-Lock on state pensions.
- Protect the Winter Fuel Allowance and free bus passes for pensioners.
- An extra £45 billion for the NHS and social care.
- No rise in the state pension age beyond 66.
- Justice for women born in the 1950s hit by five year rise in pension age.
Theresa May’s government has failed older people; their cuts to social care have resulted in over one million older people not getting the care they need. Labour will spend an extra £45 billion on the NHS and social care over five years.
The Conservative Party manifesto has promised three major new burdens to be placed on older people:
- Scrapping the ‘triple lock’ on state pensions so that pensioner incomes are no longer protected.
- Means testing Winter Fuel Payments to remove support to heat the homes of ten million pensioners.
- Forcing those who need social care to pay for it with their homes.
Pensioners would be at least £330 worse off under the Tories’ new Double Lock had it been in place between 2013/14 and 2017/18, compared with the basic state pension being uprated by the Triple Lock. Under Theresa May’s plan, ten million people – five out of six pensioners – are set to lose their Winter Fuel Payments, worth up to £300.
Theresa May and the Conservatives won’t stand up for pensioners, their only concern is their billionaire friends. Labour is proud to stand up for the many, not the few.