UK Politics

Conservative Party: Protecting Britain's Pensioners

News   •   Dec 09, 2009 10:24 GMT

In an opposition day debate in parliament, Conservatives will call on the Government to give up their plans to scrap Disability Living Allowance and the Attendance Allowance for the over-65s.

2.4 million pensioners receive on average £60 per week or £3,400 a year from these benefits. Gordon Brown’s plans to scrap them would mean that some pensioners would lose around a quarter of their income.

Speaking ahead of the debate, Andrew Lansley, the Shadow Health Secretary, said that scrapping the allowances to pay for Labour’s new National Care Service "would be a serious mistake and a deeply retrograde step".

"It would take away cash benefits from vulnerable pensioners which allow them to get the personalised care that they want and need", he said, adding that the Government "should listen to the major charities who are all warning that these plans will make millions of elderly people worse off".

Shadow Disability Minister, Mark Harper, criticised the proposals for taking away the "control and independence" that these benefits gives older disabled people. "This is a step backwards and I hope the 39 Labour MPs who've already signed the motion will vote to protect the benefits so valued by older disabled people", he said.