The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said that better-off elderly people should make a “sacrifice” to help the Government balance its books. This now appears not to be a voluntary sacrifice. He proposes to means test the elderly for their bus passes & heating allowance. What is Vince Cable's view on this subject. Is this a party policy? I live in his Twickenham constituency.
The country is significantly poorer than three years ago because of the financial crisis and its legacy. This impacts on the living standards of almost everyone. We have sought to protect the elderly by re-linking the basic state pension to the higher of earnings or inflation. There is no government proposal to means-test bus passes or heating allowance.