City Views | Is ED balls right to propose means testing on winter fuel benefits for pensioners?

ALAN HARLING
NORD LB

No, I think that they’ve paid their dues throughout their lives. They might be wealthier than some people, but I don't see why we should be targeting the old pensioners.

JOHN PRESTON
KILN

Yes, because they don’t need it. I used to be able to receive child benefits, but I don’t need it. Same thing [in this case]: if they need it, we can means test it rather than give it out to everybody. It’s logical.

DAVID MORRIS
CHARTERED SURVEYOR

I can’t believe that is the [key to] keeping us off a recession – it doesn’t stack up. Come election time, politically sensitive ways of saving money won’t be number one on their agenda. Hitting old people, I don’t think it’s vote winning.

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