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Don't means test our free bus passes, pensioners tell the Tories

Issue No. 2327

Pensioners say hands off our benefits (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Pensioners say hands off our benefits (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Pensioners lobbied parliament in central London today against government plans to introduce means testing for some of their universal benefits.

Free bus travel and winter fuel allowance could both be under threat. Protesters assembled opposite parliament then went inside for a rally and a lobby of MPs.

The protest was called by the National Pensioners Convention. Dot Gibson, its general secretary, told Socialist Worker, “Means testing is being used to divide and rule—to pit young people against pensioners. But the real divide isn’t between young and old, it’s between rich and poor.”

Means testing would exclude pensioners who have to live on little more than £10,000 a year. “Things like the free bus pass mean a lot to us,” said Mrs Robinson, another demonstrator. “We pensioners get little enough as it is—we can’t let them cut us.”

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Wed 31 Oct 2012, 16:51 GMT
Issue No. 2327
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