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Scotland to be spared means testing for Winter Fuel Payments

Irune Rengel | 19 May, 2017, 23:53

TORIES IN SCOTLAND are refusing to implement means-testing for pensioners in receipt of winter fuel payments.

Labour claims up to 10 million pensioners are set to lose the benefit under the Conservatives' plans.

Labour campaign chief Andrew Gwynne said: "The Tory attack on pensioners' winter fuel allowance is unfair and outrageous, and lays bare the threat they pose to pensioners' security and living standards".

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Asked why it was fair for people in England to lose it when Scottish pensioners are protected, Mrs May replied: "Well, we have devolution in the United Kingdom and as a government we have given the Scottish Government significant powers in relation to welfare, and they make a number of decisions about various welfare benefits in Scotland".

The move was angrily condemned by Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron who said the Conservatives were behaving as "utter hypocrites".

"There is a different backdrop in Scotland in relation to both winter and fuel and that's why we believe in the Scottish Conservatives it should continue as a universal benefit".

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"The Winter Fuel Payment is essential to ensure our pensioners do not fall into fuel poverty and are at greater risk of all of the associated health ailments this could bring".

"There should be more money coming to Scotland as a result of the changes that's happened down south", she said.

The Conservative Party election manifesto has stated that the £300 (about €350) annual payment would be means-tested rather than universal for all OAPs.

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However, Dr Wollaston said that by removing the cap, it would leave people unable to get insurance to cover their future care costs as it would be impossible to know what the final bill might be.

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