How many deaths will be recorded as a result of the cold weather in the winter of 2017-18?

How many of them will be of women aged over 60 and men over 65?

This is the Tory attack on the old.

Pensions cost the Department for Work and Pensions more than all its other expenditure combined. Tories hate paying them to people who have actually worked for a living and paid their taxes and National Insurance.

So they are raising the age at which people can claim their pension, and changing the conditions under which it is drawn.

It’s a short-sighted policy, because pensioners are now the Conservative Party’s main constituency.

It may be some small consolation to the families of those whose lives are endangered – or lost – because of these selfish politicians, if they are ousted from power for many years as a result.

Almost a million fewer pensioners are eligible for emergency cold weather payments than when the Tories took power, figures show.

Around 1.7million people on Pension Credit could qualify for Cold Weather Payments to help with fuel bills in winter 2017/18.

That was down from 2.6million in 2010/11, according to data requested by Labour from the independent House of Commons Library.

The number of people on Pension Credit who can qualify has steadily fallen.

Labour blamed the fall in Pension Credit claimants on a rise in the state pension age for women, Budget measures since 2011 and changes under the new-style state pension.

Source: A million fewer pensioners are eligible for cold weather payments than when Tories took power – Mirror Online


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