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Tory scrapping of Winter Fuel Allowance could mean close to 4,000 extra deaths this Winter

Conservative plans to scrap the Winter Fuel Allowance for 90 per cent of pensioners could lead to 3,850 more deaths this coming winter, new analysis released today by the Labour Party reveals.

On top of removing the “Triple Lock” protection for pensions and plans for a new “dementia tax” on older people’s homes, the Tories also plan to introduce means testing for Winter Fuel Payments, which is expected to mean around 10 million pensioners lose up to £300 a year to heat their homes.

Winter Fuel Payments were originally introduced under Labour, and independent public health research since then has demonstrated that they have been responsible for almost half the fall in the numbers dying every winter.

Yet whilst the Tories have promised to protect the incomes of a wealthy few, they have refused to back down on their plan to cut the incomes of millions of pensioners - putting the most vulnerable at risk this winter.

John McDonnell, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on the analysis, 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.

“Removing the Winter Fuel Payments from millions of pensioners could leave thousands of the most vulnerable at even more risk this winter. On top of their dementia tax, it means that pensioners in our country will struggle to heat their homes and keep their homes under the Tories.

“While Theresa May will only promise to protect the very rich from tax rises, and offer huge tax giveaways to big business. Labour will make different choices, protecting Winter Fuel Payments for all pensioners, and building an economy that works for the many, and not the few.”

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