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Primarolo condemns Webb on Pension Credit

Bristol South MP organises dedicated surgeries for pensioners

Bristol South Labour MP, Dawn Primarolo, has condemned comments made by Northavon MP, Steve Webb, in today's Evening Post.

Commenting, Dawn said:

"I think it's a great shame that Steve Webb prefers to invest his energy into running down the new Pension Credit, rather than promoting its many benefits to his constituents. I can only think this is because he knows it's a far better deal than what is on offer from his party".

The Lib Dems showed their true colurs when they joined forces with the Tories to vote against Pension Credit in Parliament. Under their proposals, money would be taken away from many poor pensioners and given to more affluent pensioners, meaning losses of around £30 a week on average for households in receipt of Pension Credit.

"The Government wants everyone eligible to claim and be paid Pension Credit", Dawn said. "MPs should play an important role in broadcasting the availability of Pension Credit, because that is how we will boost take-up".

Ms Primarolo is running an ongoing campaign to promote Pension Credit in Bristol South. So far, leaflets have been delivered to every house, information is available on her website, and a coffee morning for older Southville residents was held in September.

Dawn is currently working with specialist advisers from the Pension Service to offer two dedicated surgeries - in Knowle West and Hartcliffe - on Friday 21 November.

"Applying for Pension Credit is already easy. There's no complicated form-filling - you just phone up the dedicated freephone helpline and answer a few questions. I am delighted to be working so closely with the Pension Service to offer one-to-one advice to my constituents, making it even easier for them to apply!" Dawn explained.

If successful, more surgeries are planned. For further information, or to book an appointment at one of the surgeries, call 0117 909 0063.

[14 November 2003]

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