Conservative Think Tank at Tory party conference-: Cut pensioner benefits ‘immediately’

Ministers should waste no time to make unpopular cuts to pensioner benefits, a think tank director has said.

Many of those hit by a cut to the winter fuel allowance might “not be around” at the next election, said Alex Wild of the Taxpayers’ Alliance.

And others would forget which party had done it, he added.

At the group’s meeting at the Conservative conference in Manchester, former defence secretary Liam Fox said spending cuts must be “for keeps”.

Mr Wild said the Tories could not wait until a year before the next election to make the necessary cuts to the winter fuel allowance, free bus passes, the Christmas bonus and other pensioner benefits.

Mr Wild, who is research director of the think tank which campaigns for lower taxes and highlights examples of Government waste, said the cuts should be made “as soon as possible after an election for two reasons”.

“The first of which will sound a little bit morbid – some of the people… won’t be around to vote against you in the next election. So that’s just a practical point, and the other point is they might have forgotten by then.”

He added: “If you did it now, chances are that in 2020 someone who has had their winter fuel cut might be thinking, ‘Oh I can’t remember, was it this government or was it the last one? I’m not quite sure.’

“So on a purely practical basis I would say do it immediately. That might be one of those things I regret saying in later life but that would be my practical advice to the government.”

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5 thoughts on “Conservative Think Tank at Tory party conference-: Cut pensioner benefits ‘immediately’

  1. Full story at the BBC

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34439965

    As if Liam Fox would know what was right or care about “taxpayers” money.

    From Wikipedia entry:

    “Fox claimed expenses of more than £19,000 over the last four years for his mobile phone” –

    “Liam Fox receives rental income from his London home while simultaneously claiming rental income from the taxpayer to live at another residence.”

    “he claimed 3p for a 100 metre car trip”

    “Fox admitted breaking parliamentary rules on two occasions by visiting Sri Lanka on a trip paid for by the Sri Lankan government without declaring the trip in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests”

    Not forgetting his chum:

    “In 2005–6, Fox used public money, from his expense claims as an MP, to pay Adam Werritty”

  2. The right wing billionaire media owners (just 6 billionaires all own the print media in the UK) always demonise the poor, disabled, young, old, sick and vulnerable but always fail to print the real cause of the nations debts.

    The biggest cause of the UK deficit and national debt are the trillions of pounds of unpaid tax from multinational corporations and billionaires and trillions of pounds lost from all privatisations (loss of state assets), failed government contracts, bank bailouts and bailins and further trillions of pounds spent on illegal foreign wars all since 1979.

    Meanwhile the media and government scream about benefit claimants and benefit fraud (£1.2 billion in error and fraud) instead of £12 billion in unclaimed benefits due to deliberste policy of making claiming benefits very difficult while knowingly and with deliberate intent causing great hardship; dedpite the £32 billion in unpaid tax.

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