Monday, January 11, 2010

Winter Fuel Allowance - £2500 for our pensioners

If you were eligible for the Winter Fuel Allowance from the start, you will already have received £2500 towards your heating bills since Labour introduced it.

Over 60 = £2190 or £2290 if on benefits. Over 80 = £2840 or £3340 if on benefits. And if you were somewhere in your 70s when it began, then you fit somewhere between.

Under the Tories, pensioners across Britain were entitled only to a cold weather payment, where they would receive £8.50 for the week if the temperature was recorded or forecasted to be at or below 0 degrees for seven consecutive days. This scheme continues but is paid in addition to the Winter Fuel Allowance, Labour has recently increased the payments to £25 week.

Readers may recall Edwina Currie controversially advising people to "wear woolly hats and long johns" to beat the cold.

With free TV licences for the over 75s, free eye tests, free bus passes, plans to restore the link to earnings by 2012, pensioners know they are better off with Labour.

(Edited March 1st 2010 at the request of the Tories on the Wirral - it has been my pleasure)

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