Disability Benefits for the Elderly

Part of Opposition Day — [1st allotted day] – in the House of Commons at 3:33 pm on 8th December 2009.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 3:33 pm, 8th December 2009

The hon. Gentleman is raising some serious issues in a measured and thoughtful way, but is not that at odds with the way in which his party has approached this issue, in its scaremongering towards existing recipients? I have here a copy of the template for the press release for Conservative party candidates, which carries the words:

"(name), (position)-insert here-voiced (his/her) opposition".

It says that

"an average of £3,400 a year will be snatched away from 2.4 million pensioners".

Can he confirm that that figure refers to the current recipients of those benefits? Is it not the case that the Government have said that that money will not be snatched away?

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