The Labour Party is outlining its policies for pensioners today (Tuesday 26 November).
Key pledges include, introducing free personal care and investing £10.8 billion in social care provision, keeping the free bus pass for older people and stopping the Tories taking free TV licences from the up to 4180 Cambridge pensioner households.
Cambridge’s Daniel Zeichner also warmly welcomed the pay-outs of up to £31,000 for the 4700 women in Cambridge who lost out unfairly when the Tories and Lib Dems changed the state pension age without fair notice.
The Conservatives have cut £8 billion from social care since 2010 – and have not allocated one penny extra to social care in their manifesto. According to Age UK, 1.5 million older people are not getting the care they need.
Daniel Zeichner said:
“People who have dedicated so many years to their families and communities deserve to be treated with respect. But years of Tory and Lib Dem cuts have robbed so many pensioners of their dignity.
“Look at what’s happened to our country in the last few years: more pensioners in poverty, and more children too. This a rich country – we can do better than this.
“Labour will deliver real change for pensioners, supporting them to live the comfortable lives they deserve. Labour’s on your side.”