Cathy Jamieson MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury Minister, said in advance of this afternoon’s opposition day debate on pensioners and winter fuel payments:
“It’s time out of touch Ministers realised how tough things are for pensioners right now and how their policies are making things even harder. This year pensioners are facing a triple whammy of higher VAT, soaring energy prices and cuts to their winter fuel payments.
“That’s why we support this motion’s call for the Government to review the impact of their policies on pensioners, with a view to temporarily reversing the Government’s mistaken VAT rise which is costing a pensioner couple an average of £275 a year.
“The Chancellor needs to take action in his autumn statement next week to help hard-pressed pensioners and families and boost the flatlining economy, as Labour’s five point plan for jobs and growth has clearly set out.”