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Balls: Cut fuel benefit for rich

Labour would axe winter fuel payments for hundreds of thousands of the UK's richest pensioners if they were in power, the shadow chancellor Ed Balls has said. He also promised an "iron discipline" on spending.

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Which benefits are pensioners entitled to?

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has committed to cut winter fuel payments for wealthy pensioners if Labour wins the 2015 general election.

The move would affect about 600,000 people and generate savings of around £100 million.

Under current laws, pensioners are entitled to means-tested and universal benefits.


  • Pension credit
  • Housing benefit
  • Council tax benefit


  • Winter fuel allowance
  • Free bus travel (for over 65s)
  • Free TV licence (for over 75s)

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