Amendment of the Law

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:28 pm on 29th March 2011.

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Photo of Albert Owen Albert Owen Labour, Ynys Môn 4:28 pm, 29th March 2011

On the subject of pensioners, was the Secretary of State as disappointed as I was that the Chancellor did not have the guts to mention in his Budget statement that he was reducing the winter fuel allowance from £400 to £300? His decision not to continue with the £400 payments comes after he said they would be protected and permanent in future. Some 12 million pensioners will be upset by the Government’s policy not to continue with them at a time when bills are going up year on year.

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John Bakewell
Posted on 30 Mar 2011 11:24 am (Report this annotation)

Far from being gutless, if Mr Owen had looked in Hansard, he would have found that Darling had said that the allowance was a temporart measure. No doubt the Chancellor would not have needed to take this step if the Labour Party had not got us into this terrible mess.

John Bakewell