Our pensioners deserve better - Labour will enable our old people to retire with dignity and security, says Angela Rayner

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The Tories have failed our older people, hitting their living standards really hard.

Energy bills have soared by £300 a year since David Cameron became Prime Minister.

Many older households now face fuel poverty. Delayed action to ban rip-off pension fees has left savers even worse off.

Tory cuts to elderly care have forced more older people to use A&E because they cant get the care they need at home.

Now the Tories want to cut even more, taking us back to the 1930s before there was an NHS.

Older people in Ashton, Droylsden and Failsworth are tired of being let down by the Tories.

As your MP, I will fight to make sure that people who have worked all their lives are able to retire with dignity and security. That’s why I am backing Labour’s better plan for pensioners and older people.

Labour will protect the ‘triple lock’ that ensures pensioners’ incomes keep pace with the cost of living.

Free TV licences and free bus passes must stay for our pensioners. Only the richest five per cent of pensioners will lose their Winter Fuel payments - ordinary pensioners will get the help they need to keep warm.  

And we will help pensioners struggling with their energy bills by freezing gas and electricity prices until 2017. We’ll also offer free efficiency improvements to at least 200,000 households at risk of fuel poverty.

A Labour government will give people freedom about how they spend their pension savings. But we will make sure they are protected from getting ripped-off by a cap on any fees and charges for new pension products which allow people to draw-down on their savings. 

And we will improve social care to keep people safe and healthy at home. We’ll end the scandalous culture of 15 minute care slots for some of the most vulnerable older people by bringing in an extra 5,000 new homecare workers.

Older people can’t afford five more years of uncaring Tory rule.

Labour has a better plan to protect pensioners’ incomes, safeguard their savings, keep homes warm and invest in our NHS.

That's the least that our pensioners deserve.


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