Winter deaths are too serious for political football

There is apparently no benefit that riles the right, nor those across the political spectrum campaigning for intergenerational justice, more than the Winter Fuel Payment (WFP) for pensioners. The benefit costs the Exchequer just over £2 billion per year (compared to around £76 billion on state pensions).

Iain Duncan Smith argued at the weekend that wealthy pensioners who do not need their WFP should voluntarily give it back. He has described the policy previously as a ‘bribe’.

As such, the Work and Pensions Secretary continues to use WFP for political points-scoring.

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Image: Iain Duncan Smith

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