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Social security cuts of more than £6 billion a year will hit pensioner families under the Government's welfare reforms supported by Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson.
Research for the TUC showed that a quarter of all social security cuts between 2010 and 2016/17 will fall on families where at least one adult is above state pension age.
The social security cuts faced by pensioner families are set to get worse after the election, warned the TUC, especially when Universal Credit is rolled out nationally from 2015, as almost half of the projected £5 billion a year of cuts that its introduction will bring will fall on pensioner families.
This will bring total losses to pensioner families up to £8.75 billion a year, said the TUC.
General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: "The Government want people to think that their welfare reforms have targeted so-called scroungers, while pensioners have been spared the pain. After all, the Prime Minister pledged to protect pensioner benefits during the last general election campaign. The reality, however, is very different.
"Pensioner families have had been hit hard by the Chancellor's social security axe with their incomes set to be slashed by over £6 billion a year.
"For many pensioners the worst is yet to come. Universal Credit will make unemployed men and women in their mid-60s the new work-shy scroungers - unable to claim Pension Credit and suddenly subject to the Government's sanctions regime.
"Poor pensioners with no private income will also lose out as a result of the Chancellor's stealth cut in the uprating of vital benefits such as the state pension.
"The Government's welfare reforms are undermining the extra support we need when we have children or retire, and the safety net we rely upon if we lose our job or become ill. It is time to stand up for the social security system that we all pay into and will all need at some point in our lives."
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: "Contrary to what the TUC is saying, our reforms - with the introduction of the flat-rate pension - are designed to simplify the system to make it easier for pensioners to get the support they need."
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