AM Condemns Welfare Changes that have Hit Pensioners Disproportionately

Ann Jones AMLabour AM for the Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones, has condemned the Tory-led UK Government for cutting £9bn in support for pensioners since 2010.

Ms Jones said: “Day after day, older people across my constituency tell me just how difficult things are for them. While the Tories hail a non-existent economic miracle, pensioners are struggling with the enormous changes and cuts to services that they rely on.

“David Cameron promised to protect the elderly but he is forcing them to the brink of despair with the continued cuts to state support and failure to tackle the rising cost of living which has seen the price of fuel, food and other essentials sky-rocket.

“Pensioners across Wales have been badly let down by a Conservative Party who are so out of touch.

“With many warning the worst is yet to come, the continued squeeze on pensioners is evidence of the callous nature of the Conservative Party, which works for only a privileged few”.

The Tory-led Government’s biggest cut is a £3.8billion-a-year reduction in pension credit, which tops up weekly income to a guaranteed minimum.

Other cuts include a £138million-a-year reduction in the value of attendance allowances – paid to those who look after relatives – and £340million off disability living allowances for OAPs.

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