Most over-65s say pensioners should share austerity burden

Michael Bow
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MOST over-65s believe pensioners’ benefits should not be ringfenced from public spending cuts, a poll out today finds.

The surprise findings also reveal people over the age of 65 are more likely to think their benefits should be at the mercy of cuts than young people, who were the most keen to ringfence spending on pension benefits.

The survey, conducted by pollsters ComRes, asked 1,000 UK adults whether they agreed or disagreed with the statement that pensioners should “be no more immune to the impact of government spending cuts than other members of society.”

For the over-65s, 56 per cent said they agreed with the statement, versus 36 per cent who disagreed. Approximately 42 per cent of 18-24 year olds agreed with the statement that pensioners should not be immune from spending cuts, while 52 per cent disagreed.

And men are more likely than women to back slashing pensioner benefits, which include things like the winter fuel allowance, with 53 per cent of men calling for over-65s to be included in government cut plans versus 46 per cent of women.

The ComRes poll also puts Labour two points further ahead of the Conservatives since last month with a six point lead. UKIP remains in third place despite shedding three points since last month. The Liberal Democrats are in fourth spot.