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Winter fuel payments are a waste of money says author Ed Howker

15 June 2011 Last updated at 15:47 BST

Author Ed Howker said the taxpayer was already paying too much to subsidise the over-60s with bus passes, winter fuel payments and free eyes tests.

The man who penned 'Jilted Generation: How Britain Bankrupted Its Youth' said the younger generation needed help, and they cannot be expected to pay for pensioners.

He cited a Parliamentary Report which said winter fuel payments cost £3bn a year and that only 12 per cent of those getting the money needed it.

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