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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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Reforms 'make it easier for pensioners to get help'

Social security cuts of more than £6 billion are designed to simplify the system to make it easier for pensioners to get the support they need, a Department for Work and Pensions spokesman has said.

Our older people have worked hard and paid into the system all their lives. That is why this Government has protected key support for pensioners including winter fuel payments, free prescriptions, free eye tests and bus passes and free TV licenses for the over-75s.

Furthermore, the 'triple lock' guarantee has given today's pensioners a basic state pension which is a higher share of average earnings than at any time since 1992 and will make 12.7 million people better off by over £400 a year by the end of this Parliament.

– Spokesman, Department for Work and Pensions

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