‘Rishi Sunak’s Budget won’t heat our homes – pensioners will DIE this winter’

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Sunak’s decision to scrap the State Pension triple lock means that pensioners will get a rise of just 3.1 percent from April, while the Chancellor admitted today that inflation will top 4 percent. This means the State Pension will FALL in real terms.

Retired local authority worker Sandra, 66, fears many vulnerable older people will not survive this winter.

Too many won’t be able to heat their homes or even eat properly, as food and energy costs surge. “This is exactly the type of thing that old people worry about. It really weighs on our minds.”

She hit out at the idea that pensioners are somehow wealthy. “The vast majority of us are barely scraping by.”

Sandra, from Brierley Hill in the West Midlands, was furious that Sunak didn’t increase the Winter Fuel Payment for pensioner households yesterday, to cover surging gas and electricity prices.

The payment has not changed since 2011. It stays at £200 for those under 80 and £300 for the over 80s.

Sunak also froze the Warm Home Discount electricity rebate for those on pension credit or low incomes remains at £140.

This is just £1 more than the £139 rise in October’s energy price cap. Worse, the cap is likely to rise again next April, possibly by as much as £300.

The Warm Home Discount will still not rise.

Despite this, Sandra was surprised to see Sunak find money to deliver spending pledges totalling £150 billion.

“Yet the poorest pensioners will still freeze.”

Pensioner couple Elizabeth and Peter Latham from Wolverhampton were also keen to see more Budget support, such as a VAT reduction on home energy and council tax bills.

Elizabeth, 66, and Peter, 69, watch every penny. “We don’t do takeaways. Last time we used a fish and chip shop was in 2018. We keep a check on our shopping bills and continuous outgoings every single day.”

The couple, who have been together 43 years, were pleased to see extra NHS funding but Elizabeth added: “I hope the money goes to front line staff at hospitals, clinics and GP surgeries, not just to pen-pushing chief executives.”

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Elizabeth had originally expected to retire at 60, but like millions of women born in the 1950s was hit by moves to increase the State Pension age for women to 66.

That wasn’t possible for her because of long-term illness, but now she is finally claiming her State Pension.

She would like to have seen the Chancellor allow people to retire earlier, but there was no announcement despite pre-Budget reports suggesting he might make the State Pension age more flexible.

Elizabeth said Sunak spent a lot of money but questions whether he has done enough. “These are troubled times for millions of us.”

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