Millions of pensioners to lose winter fuel cash under Tory plans : i News

Social care funding is in crisis, health experts have warned. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Millions of pensioners will lose their entitlement to winter fuel payments of up to £300 a year under Conservative proposals to help afford Britain’s spiraling bill for social care. But Theresa May will also guarantee that elderly people will not be stripped of almost all their savings as their care costs mount. Publishing the Conservative manifesto on Thursday, she will announce that a re-elected Tory government would increase from £23,250 to £100,000 the amount of assets that they are allowed to keep before the state steps in. The Prime Minister will claim the moves are evidence of her party’s willingness to take tough decisions to tackle Britain’s long-term problems. Means-testing plan All pensioners are entitled to winter fuel payments, but the system has been attacked as a taxpayer-funded annual bonus for wealthy retired people. Under the Tory plans, the benefit would be means-tested so that it is targeted on the least well-off pensioners. The money saved by the move would be transferred directly to health and social care, Mrs May will say. Her move would mark a break with David Cameron’s repeated refusal to means-test any pensioner benefits. It will be seen as politically risky by some Tories as the over-65s overwhelmingly support the party, but Mrs May will argue that such steps are required to make the social care system fairer and more sustainable.
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  1. Why don’t the Tories just (they might as well) go the whole hog.

    Millions of pensioners to be sent to Auschwitz – in cattle trucks – if we win the election.

    Once there. we will find out who the shirkers are, who is fit for work and who isn’t fit for work.

    Yes we’ll get those good for nothing useless eating pensioners into two lines, the shirkers and the strivers, and it doesn’t matter to us if you’re a striver (we don’t want to give you any money, or help you at all) we’ll stick you in the queue along with the shirkers anyway, just to show you all we don’t monkey around and we mean business.

    Because – it’s true – we are the don’t care bear party.

    YOU MIGHT AS WELL JUST TELL THE PENSIONERS THE TRUTH ON HOW HORRIBLE, UNCARING AND UNTRUSTWORTHY YOU ARE..

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