Winter Fuel Allowance

Osborne's Thank You Letter to Pensioner Who Repaid Winter Fuel Payment

Stuart Bonar | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Politics
Stuart Bonar

A "very kind, generous and public-spirited gesture". That's how George Osborne acknowledged one pensioner's decision to pay back their Winter Fuel Payment. The benefit, worth between £100 and £300, is paid to around 12 million pensioners each year to help them meet the cost of heating their homes over the winter months.

IDS May Finally Start Cutting Rich Pensioners' Benefits

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Politics

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has succeeded in getting George Osborne to include pensioner benefits like the the winter fuel allowance...

Why We Need to Change Our Rhetoric on the Elderly

Louise Bond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Louise Bond

I don't doubt that across the UK this winter, austerity measures and rising fuel costs will put many pensioners with limited means in a horribly difficult position. However, at the same time I don't doubt that the same difficult decision will be faced by many younger adults, and children too.

Should Expats In Spain Get The Winter Fuel Allowance?

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Politics

Expats living in Spain have cried foul after George Osborne announced he was cutting their winter fuel allowances. In his spending review, the Chan...

Mehdi Hasan

'Dreadful, Crazy, Disastrous' | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics

The decision by Ed Miliband and Ed Balls to reposition Labour's stance on benefits spending has been attacked by leading figures on the left of the pa...

Child Benefit Cuts And Caps Will Not Be Reversed Under Labour

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband is to say he would not reverse the coalition's cuts to child benefit for the better off and that he supports a benefit cap. The party l...

'A Slippery Slope'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics

Labour heavyweight Peter Hain has torn into the party's flagship announcement on cutting winter fuel benefits for rich pensioners, saying it will rais...

Why Labour Is Wrong to Cut Winter Fuel Allowance for Wealthy Pensioners

Peter Hain | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Hain

The attack on pensioners' allowances leaves a big question hovering over the future of the welfare state: is it for everyone, or just for the poor? William Beveridge's 1942 report, the cornerstone of our welfare system, advocated a universal and contribution-based welfare state in the laudable hope of cementing social solidarity.

Labour Vow To Axe Winter Fuel Payments For Rich Pensioners

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics

The Labour Party has decided rich pensioners should no longer be given winter fuel allowances. Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls will say support for bett...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Clegg Pledges End To 'Groundhog Day'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on 3 June 2013... 1) AN END TO 'GROUNDHOG DAY'? Three peers - Lords Cunningham, Mackenzie and Laird - and an MP...

Ed Miliband 'Looking At' Withdrawing Winter Fuel Allowance From Wealthy Pensioners

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has suggested the Labour Party would consider withdrawing benefits such as the winter fuel allowance and free bus passes from wealthier pe...

Fairness in the Face of Frugality

Patrick Stannah | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK Politics
Patrick Stannah

So budget week is upon us, and with it will come the inevitably predictable proclamations and protestations about who will be hit the hardest.

Minister: Rich Pensioners Should Give Winter Fuel Payment To Charity

The Daily Telegraph | Posted 27.12.2012 | UK Politics

Prosperous middle-class pensioners who do not need their winter fuel payment should give the money to poorer old people or good causes, the charities ...

Nick Clegg To Plead With Lib Dems To 'Accept Vitriol And Abuse'

PA | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg will plead with Liberal Democrats to hold their nerve and accept "vitriol and abuse" as the price of proving to voters they have now become...

Clegg Targets Pensioners - But Which Ones?

Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Politics

Wealthy pensioners should be stripped of universal benefits such as free bus passes and winter fuel payments before the next general election, Nick Cl...

Pensioner Benefits Must Be Axed, Insists Cameron Confidant

PA | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK Politics

Free bus passes and prescriptions must be axed for better off pensioners, a close ally of David Cameron insists. Tory moderniser Nick Boles also wa...

Are the Tories Losing the Generation Game?

James Plunkett | Posted 04.02.2012 | UK Politics
James Plunkett

If last week filled in the blanks on the economic story of the next few years, it also opened up a deeper set of questions about what the new economic landscape means for our culture and politics.

Meeting the Costs of Household Energy will Become one of the Great Challenges of the 21st Century

Liam Scott-Smith | Posted 26.09.2011 | UK Politics
Liam Scott-Smith

Thus the question for government is what can we do instead? With fuel costs likely to continue rising, meeting the costs of household energy will become one of the great challenges of the 21st century, so fighting it with outmoded 20th century solutions really won't cut it.