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Labour's Parliamentary Candidate in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Four out of five Pensioners in Plymouth will lose up to £300 a year under Tory plans to scrap Winter Fuel Payments.

Plymouth Labour Party’s parliamentary candidates have attacked Conservative plans to introduce means testing to the Winter Fuel Payment policy that will affect 29,000 Plymothians.

The Winter Fuel Payments scheme was introduced by the Labour party in 1997, and by 2010 had helped lift 900,000 pensioners out of poverty. Under changes proposed by the Conservatives, latest figures suggest ten million older people – five out of six pensioners – are set to lose their Winter Fuel Payments, worth up to £300, across the country. 

In Plymouth Sutton & Devonport, there are 16,400 pensioners who receive the winter fuel payment and 12,890 are set to lose their winter fuel payments. Eight in ten pensioners (79%) would lose their winter fuel payment under Tory plans.

In Plymouth Moor View, 19,540 pensioners receive winter fuel payments, and 16,110 are set to lose these payments. Eight in ten pensioners (82%) currently in receipt of winter fuel payments would lose their payments under Tory plans.

In response to these figures, Luke Pollard, Labour’s Candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport said

“In only the last week I’ve met dozens of pensioners worried how they will cope without the Winter Fuel Allowance. The Conservatives are not only cutting school funding in Plymouth, scrapping free school meals for the most vulnerable but also going after our most vulnerable pensioners. With pensioners worried about the Dementia Tax’s impact on their finances taking the winter fuel allowance as well is deeply troubling. The choice at this election is stark: harsh cuts for pensioners with the Conservatives or protection of pensioners with Labour.”

Sue Dann, Labour’s Candidate for Plymouth Moor View said:  

“This is a shameless attack by the Tories on the living standards of every pensioner in Plymouth. The Labour Party introduced the Winter Fuel Payment as a way to help pensioners heat their homes. If elected, I would defend the Winter Fuel Payment so that no one has to choose between eating or heating their homes. Under Tory plans four in five pensioners in Plymouth would lose their winter fuel payments. Theresa May’s attack on older people shows that the Conservatives cannot be trusted to protect our pensioners.”

In addition to this, the Tories have also announced they will be dropping their commitment to protect pensions through the ‘Triple Lock’. The Labour Party has confirmed they will keep the Winter Fuel Payment for every pensioner, along with protecting pensioner income with the ‘Triple Lock’ on pensions.

Four in five pensioners to lose Winter Fuel Allowance under the Tories

Four out of five Pensioners in Plymouth will lose up to £300 a year under Tory plans to scrap Winter Fuel Payments.

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As a mark of respect for all the victims of the Manchester attack all Plymouth Labour campaigning has been suspended today.

My first thoughts are with the families of all those who have lost loved ones or have been injured. It's hard to believe that a concert full of children would be targeted in a terror attack.

I know Manchester well. It's a city full of passion, energy and community. The way the people of Manchester responded to the attack with open arms and compassion proves that terrorism will not win there or anywhere.

Terrorists seek to divide us, promote division, fear and hatred. Coming only a few days after we remembered Jo Cox, her words are again fitting: there is more that unites us than divides us.

Plymouth stands shoulder to shoulder with Manchester today. Today isn't the day for politics. It's a day for family, friends and loved ones. Stay strong, Plymouth.

Plymouth Labour's office will be open all day today for tea, solidarity and conversation. 

Manchester terror attack

As a mark of respect for all the victims of the Manchester attack all Plymouth Labour campaigning has been suspended today.

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Tourism is vital for the south west's economy. Luke has spent five years working for ABTA - the trade body that represents travel and holiday companies and so is happy to back their #ValueTourism campaign in this general election.

Travel and tourism is worth more than £127bn a year to the UK economy, and employs more than 3 million people right across the country. 

Luke said:

Tourism is a big employer in Plymouth and it's vital that our next MP stands up for our tourism sector. We have a huge potential as a city to create more jobs in tourism and travel. Whether that's attracting more tourists to the city for our excellent summer programme, people enjoying year-round theatre or promoting the excellent food and drink offer we have in the city the potential is there.

As your MP I'll work with the travel trade to get us what we need to realise that potential: better transport links, more investment in our hotels and accommodation, better marketing for our city and its attractions and help to promote Plymouth as a destination in the build up to Mayflower 400 in 2020 and beyond.

Luke spent five years working for ABTA. In that time he ran campaigns for better holiday protection, for safer and greener accommodation, to cut taxes on holidays and to protect and promote our tourism businesses. You can read more about ABTA's campaign here.

More than 252,000 people in the South West are dependent on a thriving travel and tourism sector for their livelihoods. Around a third of travel and tourism jobs are held by young people (aged 16-24), compared to just 12% of all jobs in the wider economy.

The South West attracts just over £1.1bn annually from international visitors and around £4.3bn is brought into the area by domestic tourists.  An estimated £1.2bn is also injected into the regional economy from local people travelling abroad – meaning a collective contribution of around £6.6bn every year from the ‘tourism mix’.

If you work in travel and tourism and have a question please get in touch with me.

Luke backs tourism in the election

Tourism is vital for the south west's economy. Luke has spent five years working for ABTA - the trade body that represents travel and holiday companies and so is happy...


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