Protect and retain Winter Fuel Allowance and free bus passes for pensioners.
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Conservative Leader of the Local Government Association, Lord Gary Porter publicly called for "an end to free bus passes for the elderly and for the automatic paying of Winter Fuel Allowance to pensioners to be scrapped as a way of saving money that could be reinvested into social care."
(Source: Huffington Post - 10th January 2017)
The health, wellbeing and quality of life of most pensioners is enhanced by free access to busses and assistance with payments for winter fuel - with the worst off older people benefiting most.
The idea that the crisis in health and social care is caused by these benefits and that pensioners should pay for this is completely misguided.
Indeed it is bus travel and help with heating that keeps people active and healthy, therefore reducing the overall care bill. No one should doubt that if these two benefits were cut the crisis in health care would worsen rather than improve.
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