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The Government has announced plans to shift the funding source for the warm home discount from energy bills to general taxation. This is a subsidy mostly paid to about 700,000 pensioners on pension credit.

Warm Home Discount Scheme Annual Report

The cost is projected (see fig 2.1 in the linked report) to be around £300 million for the next 3 years, and now that will be shifted to general government spending. So by my reckoning, that's £300m added to the deficit.

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The Government has announced plans to shift the funding source for the warm home discount from energy bills to general taxation. This is a subsidy mostly paid to about 700,000 pensioners on pension credit.

Warm Home Discount Scheme Annual Report

The cost is projected (see fig 2.1 in the linked report) to be around £300 million for the next 3 years, and now that will be shifted to general government spending. So by my reckoning, that's £300m added to the deficit.

Q

Oh great. So those of us willing to close curtains and put a jumper on 'cause it's, y'know, winter, are going to see probably no change at all in our bills, but taxes are going to go up to pay for people to swan around in speedos in december.

That's great policy making. Well done Dave.

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Oh great. So those of us willing to close curtains and put a jumper on 'cause it's, y'know, winter, are going to see probably no change at all in our bills, but taxes are going to go up to pay for people to swan around in speedos in december.

That's great policy making. Well done Dave.

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You will not see any difference in the way energy bills are going skywards, whatever happens it`s all just political hot air.

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Still, think of all the old dears who can't afford to heat their humble cottages.

What's that you say? No correlation at all?

...Vulnerability to either heat or cold was not modified by deprivation, except in rural populations where cold effects were slightly stronger in more deprived areas....

...Excess winter mortality in the UK, although falling, is higher than in other European countries.6 Some of this high winter burden can be explained by behavioural factors reflecting poor adaptation to cold weather,7,8 and poorly insulated housing also has a key role.4 It has been observed that winter mortality can be higher among lower social classes9,10; however many others have observed no association with deprivation in the UK,11,12,13,14,15,16,17 which is consistent with poorly heated homes being more prevalent in the middle classes.

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All of these fuel payments for pensioners are just another housing subsidy.

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Another give away for rich pensioners. I suppose this is on top of their fuel allowance, which costs about the same as Jobseeker's allowance. I guess it's OK for the young to freeze and starve, so long as pensioners get their fuel payments, discounts, free transport, carer allowance, minimum income guarantee, the bulk of all housing benefit spending, the bulk of all NHS spending, pension credits and so on. Because 'They paid in!!!'

OK, they left us a massive, massive debt, because they spend more than they paid in taxes, but 'They paid in!' So it's only fair that the rest of us suffer so they can go on three cruises every year.

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