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Conservative plans to means-test the winter fuel allowance for pensioners could lead to almost 4,000 more deaths this winter, Labour has claimed. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the Tory programme - including scrapping the pensions "triple lock" and changes to social care - represented "the single biggest attack on pensioners…
Wealthy pensioners will lose up to £300 in winter fuel payments and more elderly people could be forced to pay to be looked after in their own homes under Theresa May's plans to tackle the social care funding crisis. The Tory manifesto launched on Thursday will offer protection from the…
A third of disabled people have cut back on their energy consumption over the last year to afford their bills, a charity said. A survey of working-age disabled people found 32% reduced how much energy they use and 29% have struggled to pay their bills in the last 12 months,…
Almost half of people referred to foodbanks are at risk of going cold as well as hungry this winter, a new study reveals. People on pre-payment meters are particularly at risk of having to choose between heating or eating, said the Trussell Trust. A survey of its more than 400…
The problem of fuel poverty will not be solved in the lifetime of a child born today on current rates of progress, campaigners have warned. National Energy Action (NEA) is calling on the Government to invest more in energy efficiency and urgently improve conditions in privately rented properties to help…
The Scottish Government is to consider narrowing the definition of fuel poverty to target the most needy. Fuel poverty is currently defined as when more than 10% of household income is spent on heating, and it affects around 845,000 - or 35% - of homes in Scotland. The level has…
The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales has voiced her support for a new report highlighting the plight of many poverty-stricken pensioners. The report, from charity Independent Age, suggests thousands of older people are in a "poverty trap" with little hope of escape in their lifetimes. The research found many "older…
Ofgem has decided there is "no case to open an investigation" into a controversial partnership between the energy supplier E.ON and the charity Age UK. Age UK was criticised for exploiting its position as a trusted charity after it was claimed E.ON paid it £6 million a year in return…
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