On a day a Prime Minister launched a Conservatives’ Scottish declaration in Edinburgh, a party’s Scottish personality told Sky News Scots pensioners would keep a cash.
Ruth Davidson, roving high in Scottish opinion polls, pronounced that underneath devolution Scotland could keep a £300 winter fuel payments for all pensioners.
The argumentative offer to means exam a payments was partial of a amicable caring series that was a centrepiece of Mrs May’s Tory declaration published on Thursday.
But vocalization to Sky News, Ruth Davidson said: “We’ve done a opposite choice in Scotland, in a Scottish declaration today.
“We trust that there shouldn’t be means contrast for a winter fuel payment.
“The reason that we’ve pronounced that is – as many of your viewers will acknowledge – Scotland has a colder climate. We also have a opposite volume of housing stock.”
She added: “Devolution allows we to make opposite decisions. we wish to use that income in terms of a winter fuel payment. Down South, my colleagues wish to put that into a health service.
“That’s a arrange of decisions that we can make in government. That’s what politics is about. Sometimes it’s tough decisions.
“I contend that we wish to keep a winter fuel remuneration here and devolution allows me to do so.”
Earlier, Scotland Secretary David Mundell told Scottish journal The Herald that a Prime Minister had concluded a winter fuel remuneration cuts should not strike Scotland.
“The specific perspective in propinquity to Scotland is that apparently we have opposite climatic issues and we have a opposite embankment and there are distant some-more people off-grid, who accept their fuel not from a gas or electricity grid though in terms of glass gas, for example,” he said.
“There is a opposite backdrop in Scotland in propinquity to both winter and fuel and that’s because we trust in a Scottish Conservatives it should continue as a concept benefit.”
The Tories’ Scottish declaration says: “We will also say all licentiate advantages in Scotland, including giveaway train passes and TV licences for a generation of this parliament.
“Social confidence devolution allows us to make opposite choices in Scotland and so we will strengthen concept Winter Fuel Payments for all comparison people and they will not be theme to means-testing.
“We will concentration on ensuring that no licentiate has to live in a hard-to-heat home in Scotland by a finish of a subsequent decade by poignant investment in appetite efficiency.”
Mrs May has shielded a insurance for Scottish pensioners, observant devolution means opposite choices can be done in Scotland. But she insisted a skeleton for means contrast in England were fair.
Labour pronounced a process was starting to “unravel”, while a Liberal Democrats claimed a Tories were “utter hypocrites”.
The latest opinion check in Scotland, by YouGov for The Times, suggests a Conservatives could win adult to 8 seats in a General Election.
It suggests support for a Scottish National Party is 42%, a Tories 29%, Labour 19% and a Liberal Democrats 6%.2017-05-19