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Cut winter fuel payments for wealthy to provide more care for poor elderly, says think tank

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4176 (Published 20 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4176
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Winter fuel payments should be limited to poor pensioners, with the £1.5bn (€1.9bn; $2.6bn) a year saved being used to fund care services for greater numbers of elderly people than currently receive them, says the Institute for Public Policy Research in a new publication.1 It also proposes a new programme to encourage people with long term health conditions or disabilities back into work, with small employers being incentivised to offer jobs by being reimbursed for any sick pay costs they might …

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