Today Ed Miliband is set to announce that if Labour get into power they will provide older voters with guaranteed free bus passes and TV licences for the term of the next government.
He also pledged action on pension reform and fuel prices and will restate Labours policy of removing winter fuel allowance from pensioners who have incomes of more than £42,000 per annum. The latest polls show that the majority of over 65s in the UK intend to vote Conservative in the forthcoming election at 48% with 24% saying they intend to vote Labour.
The Conservatives have pledged to keep all benefits for older people including free eye tests. They and Labour also guarantee pension incomes will keep pace with inflation or increase at 2.5% per annum, whichever is the highest.
The Liberal democrats have said they would stop entitlements to the UK’s wealthiest pensioners by removing winter fuel allowance and free TV licences to those pensioners paying tax at 40%.
Will this new proposal make a difference to how you vote? Do you currently get a free bus pass? What are your views on the different parties pledges? What would you like to see pledged?