PROSPECTIVE parliamentary candidate (PPC) for Thurrock Labour, Polly Billington has urged Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle Price to vote against the “granny tax” in the House of Commons on Thursday.
Ms Billington’s call comes as Thurrock pensioners heard this morning that they may be hit by a second wave of cuts.
Under the first cuts, new Thurrock pensioners were set to lose £197.
Buried in the budget small print were plans to slash the savings credit payment — then scrap it altogether in 2016.
Single pensioners will see their handout cut from £20.52 a week to £18.54 or from £27.09 to £23.73 for couples reports a newspaper.
But thousands of new pensioners will be clobbered even harder when the benefit goes, according to research by the House of Commons library.
It will cost them up to £17.52 a week — or £897 a year.
Ms Billington said: “Pensioners have had a raw deal under this Government, but with the tax raid on them announced in the recent Budget, George Osborne is making tough times even tougher for older people. People are appalled by the fact that millionaires will be getting a tax break while 4.4 million pensioners lose out, and Jackie Doyle Price should see the sense in listening to them.
“Older people in Thurrock have worked hard all their lives and don’t expect in hard times for the government to claw back tax from them while giving tax cuts to millionaires. Jackie Doyle-Price has a choice on Thursday: I would urge her to vote against the so-called granny tax to show she understands the concerns of the people of Thurrock that the government is making it harder for people to manage as prices increase.
“If Jackie backs the Government on Thursday, she will be voting against the interests of the people in Thurrock who have worked all their lives and were hoping for a comfortable old age, and their families. I urge her to do the right thing for once.”
Jackie Doyle Price is unavailable for comment.