Saturday, 7 November 2009


David Williams, the Labour Party’s Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, urges the elderly to keep warm as winter approaches.

David said, “As the weather starts to get colder and the dark nights gather, it is often the more elderly members of our community that feel the cold most. Labour recognised this and have given the over 60s a Winter Fuel allowance for a number of years now. I know from my conversations with people in Crewe and Nantwich that this extra help during the winter is much appreciated and over the years has made the lives of countless people that bit more comfortable.”

He added, “I am also hearing a great deal of concern from elderly residents who are worried that a future Tory Government may means test pensioner benefits like the Winter Fuel Allowance.”

Lucy Smart, pictured with husband Ron, from Sydney in Crewe said, “When the Tories talk about ending benefits for middle class people, I know that is just another way of saying they will introduce means-testing. We have enjoyed the benefits of things like the free bus passes and free eye tests and we have managed to put a bit of money away for a rainy day. We will be the ones to lose out if they start means-testing and it just isn’t fair.”

David said, “When the Tories talk about an age of austerity, they mean for ordinary folk like Ron and Lucy, who rely on the benefits introduced by the Labour Government. I remember when the Tories told pensioners to wear coats, gloves and hats in their own living rooms instead of offering money to help pay the heating bills. I am campaigning to stop the Tories from means-testing our benefits, especially those that the elderly rely on.”

Citizen's Advice Bureau advice for over 60s

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