Adam Thompson: Labour candidate for Amber Valley

Adam Thompson

Pensioners

Labour's offer to pensioners in Amber Valley

Today, Labour set out our offer to pensioners in more detail with a new ‘Pensioners Pledge Card’, after the Tories chose to ignore the biggest issue affecting older people in their manifesto; the social care crisis.

Labour have seven policies which will be released on the new pledge card. The party says the policies will “restore dignity and support” for older people living in Britain.

Labour’s ‘Pensioners Pledge Card’ will include plans to:
  • Introduce free personal care and invest £10.8 billion in social care provision;
  • Keep the free bus pass for older people;
  • Restore 3,000 bus routes that have been cut under the Tories and give Amber Valley Borough Council the powers to regulate services again;
  • Stop the Tories taking free TV licences from the up to 4590 households with someone over-75 in Amber Valley (76 % of all households in the constituency);
  • Pay-outs of up to £31,000 for the 5800 women in Amber Valley who lost out unfairly when the Tories changed the state pension age without fair notice;
  • Invest in Warm Homes for All with insulation for every home – and in the process create 937 unionised construction jobs and supply chain jobs for the next generation in Amber Valley; and
  • End the injustice of the state skimming 50% off the mineworkers’ pensions schemes.

The Conservatives have cut £8 billion from social care since 2010 – and have not allocated one penny extra to social care in their manifesto. According to Age UK, 1.5 million older people are not getting the care they need.