James Frith has announced Labour’s offer to pensioners in Bury and across the country 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’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 Bury the powers to regulate services again
- Stop the Tories taking free TV licences from the up to 8,750 households with someone over-75 in Bury
- Pay-outs of up to £31,000 for the 10,600 women in Bury 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
- Protect the Pension ‘Triple-Lock’
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.
James Frith, Labour Parliamentary candidate for Bury North, said:
“People who have dedicated so many years to their families and communities deserve to be treated with respect. But years of Tory cuts have robbed so many pensioners of their dignity.
“Look at what’s happened to our country in the last few years: more pensioners in poverty, and more children too. This a rich country – we can do better than this.
“If re-elected as your MP I will fight to deliver real change for pensioners in Bury, supporting them to live the comfortable lives they deserve.”