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Strip OAPs of free bus passes and winter fuel allowance
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:03 pm 
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Pensioners should be stripped of winter fuel allowance and free bus travel because it costs too much, a leading think tank has claimed.

The Social Market Foundation (SMF) claims that the £1billion annual cost of OAP bus travel and £2billion cost of the winter fuel allowance does nothing to improve the economy and should be cut by the government as it tries to slash spending. Read more


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Re: Strip OAPs of free bus passes and winter fuel allowance
PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:16 pm 
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It's not rocket science to assume that if the bus passes were taken away and the millions paid to the bus companies in subsidies stopped, a lot of pensioners would drastically reduce the use of buses to a minimum. The knock on effect being that bus companies would be forced to cut back on staff, causing even more unemployment - the extra costs cancelling out the savings made in the first place.

Likewise abolishing the winter fuel allowance. Pensioners would be unable to sufficiently heat their homes, resulting in a very sharp rise in 'winter related' illnesses, putting extra loads and costs on the NHS, again cancelling out any savings.


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