Tory winter fuel allowance cut puts 4,000 lives at risk, claims Labour : Welfare Weekly

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says taking £300 annual payment away from millions of pensioners would contribute to rise in winter deaths.

The Conservatives’ policy of means testing the winter fuel allowance for pensioners could contribute to almost 4,000 extra deaths this winter, Labour has said.

Theresa May said removing the annual payment of up to £300 a year from all but the poorest pensioners would release funds that could be pumped into the social care system.


But the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, published analysis which he said showed almost 4,000 more pensioners’ lives would be at risk through being unable to heat their homes.

No level was given for the means test in the manifesto, published last month, but the Resolution Foundation thinktank suggested one straightforward approach would be to give the payment only to those who receive pension credit, the means-tested benefit for the poorest pensioners.

That would mean 10 million people who currently receive the annual payment missing out – though Labour claims the true figure could be higher, since many who are eligible for pension credit do not claim it.

McDonnell said: “There are now only three days until polls open in this election, and the truth about the Tories’ plans for older people in our country needs to be known. Re-electing the Tories will represent the single biggest attack on pensioners in a generation in our country.




  1. I’ve heard a few Tory punting pensioners phoning into LBC radio stating they don’t really need the fuel allowance (They just use it towards their yearly Golf subscription etc) and it should be scrapped to save money.

    Notice (and it seems to be endemic amongst Tories) it’s all about them personally, and what they want and need, no thought whatsoever to the people who really do need it.

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    1. A lot of richer pensioners, including celebrity pensioners, have come out with this particular line. We don’t need it, so sod everyone else.

      What happens is, they are taxed on it, probably at the higher rate, so they get to keep relatively little of it anyway. Or some of the celebrities donate theirs to charity. tax deductible, of course.

      Means testing it, is a convoluted and expensive way of paying it, which has more to do with depriving the poorest, rather than saving money. A typical Tory tactic.

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  2. And now the hypocritical Tories are saying…Why should the likes of Mick Jagger get a heating allowance.

    Well I say…if Mick Jagger is paying his taxes (and it’s probably a pretty penny he’s paying) then he’s like everyone else. he should get a fuel allowance if he wants it.

    The Irony is, he doesn’t want it not because he doesn’t want others to get it, but because he genuinely doesn’t need it, and a further Irony is, he probably (since to him it’s chicken feed) doesn’t even know about it when it arrives in his bank account.

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