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Benefit cuts of more than £6bn 'hits pensioners hard'

Social security cuts of more than £6 billion a year will hit pensioner families under the Government's welfare reforms, a new report has claimed.

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Benefit cuts making pensioners 'work-shy scroungers'

Universal Credit will make unemployed men and women in their mid-60s the new work-shy scroungers, the general secretary of the TUC has said, after it claimed that benefit cuts would hurt pensioners the worst.

The Government want people to think that their welfare reforms have targeted so-called scroungers, while pensioners have been spared the pain. After all, the Prime Minister pledged to protect pensioner benefits during the last general election campaign. The reality, however, is very different.

The Government's welfare reforms are undermining the extra support we need when we have children or retire, and the safety net we rely upon if we lose our job or become ill. It is time to stand up for the social security system that we all pay into and will all need at some point in our lives.

– Frances O'Grady, TUC general secretary

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