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Fears over benefits for East Lancashire pensioners
11:00pm Thursday 6th September 2012 in News
CAMPAIGNERS have called for the support of East Lancashire’s MPs amid concerns over the future of benefits for pensioners.
The Lancashire Association of Trades Union Councils (LATUC) is concerned after suggestions by the Conservative MP Nick Boles that a range of concessions may not continue after the next General Election.
Mr Boles, said to be a close ally of Prime Minister David Cameron, has questioned the future of free bus passes, and the winter fuel allowance.
The LATUC is lobbying East Lancashire’s six parliamentarians, backed by the National Pensioners’ Convention, to block any such cutbacks.
Peter Billington, LATUC secretary, said: “The idea is being promoted that pensioners have escaped the austerity measures at the expense of young people.
“In reality, the only ones who have escaped the cuts are the rich.”
He is calling for guarantees that benefits will not be means-tested and perks, such as free television licences for the over-75s will not be lost.