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Steve Webb writes: working for pensioners, now and in the future

When I was appointed Pensions Minister last May my first priority was protecting current pensioners. It was widely assumed that the spending review would see cuts to a range of forms of help that pensioners receive. But despite the spending pressures, the budgets for bus passes, free television licences, free prescriptions and the Winter Fuel Allowance have been protected at the level set out by the previous government. Better still, where Labour had planned to cut Cold Weather Payments to £8.50 per week we have made them £25 permanently to protect the most vulnerable when the temperature is below …

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  • User AvatarDaniel Henry 24th Oct - 12:08pm
    Pretty much agree. I think in politics there's too much "rage against bad things" and simplistic "blame the bad people", often without substance on how...
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    I hope his opponents will check Salmond's attendance record form the last time he was in Westminster. I suspect he spent more time in TV...
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    Peter Watson I agree. Nick's speech will simply be read by teachers with incredulity. The idea that Nick is now going to focus on workload...
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    Malcolm Todd 24th Oct '14 - 9:33am Thank you. I had better stick whilst I am ahead and simply refer to him in that way...
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    "That sounds horribly like a fiscal transfer. To France. The headline is obvious: our austerity pays for their profligacy." Such a headline would be wrong,...
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