UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Webb: We have protected the most vulnerable

Press Release   •   Oct 21, 2010 12:50 BST

"We have protected the most vulnerable, saved cold weather payments from planned Labour cuts and ensured there will be no impact on child poverty."

Commenting on the Comprehensive Spending Review Liberal Democrat Pensions Minister, Steve Webb said:

"These reforms are essential if we are to have a welfare system that protects those most in need and encourages people into work instead of trapping them in poverty. This is something the Lib Dems have long campaigned for.

"We have taken some very difficult decisions and of course some of these cuts will be painful, but we have protected the most vulnerable, saved cold weather payments from planned Labour cuts and ensured there will be no impact on child poverty.

"For months there has been speculation that we won’t keep our promises on benefits for pensioners, but today you can see that we have protected winter fuel payments, free TV licenses and concessionary bus passes. This comes on top of restoring the earnings link to pensions."