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Conservatives will 'means-test pensioners' for winter fuel allowance to pay for social care
Thursday 18th May 2017

Pensioners will be means-tested for their winter fuel payments to fund social care, Theresa May announced today.

The Conservative Party manifesto hopes to save up to 2.8 billion from the £300 saved from the allowance, which will only be offered to the poorest of retired people.

The pension triple lock, which guarantees that state pensions rise by at least 2.5 per cent a year with inflation or earnings (whichever is highest) will be downgraded to double lock, meaning that the 2.5 per cent promise will be removed.

Speaking at the party’s manifesto launch in Halifax, West Yorkshire, Mrs May said "big, difficult decisions" are needed to keep the country on track.

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