Pensioner takes the PM to task over possible cutbacks

130803 Miss Ellis with her reply from 10 downing Street to her letter to the Prime Minister. Photo by Andrew Higgins 18/02/2013
130803 Miss Ellis with her reply from 10 downing Street to her letter to the Prime Minister. Photo by Andrew Higgins 18/02/2013
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A Scarborough pensioner who wrote to the Prime Minister to express her anger about spending cuts was pleased - if somewhat shocked - to receive a speedy reply.

Elizabeth Ellis, 70, of Filey Road, was incensed after she read an article in a national newspaper about how pensioners could lose winter fuel payments, bus passes and free TV licences after the next election.

She was annoyed that David Cameron did not seem to be holding true to his pledge to protect universal pensioner benefits until after the next election, when a Number 10 spokeswoman refused to rule out cuts being introduced in April 2015, a month before the country goes to the polls.

Miss Ellis said: “I saw the story about the cuts and I felt so strongly about it.

“He annoyed me so much. I was just in the right mood so I got my pen out to write him a letter.”

The letter was sent just a couple of weeks ago and Miss Ellis has already received a reply.

Typed on Downing Street headed paper, the letter reads: “Dear Miss Ellis, I am writing on behalf of the Prime Minister to thank you for your letter of February 8.

“It is good of you to get in touch. Mr Cameron very much appreciates your taking the time and trouble to inform him of your views. With best wishes, yours sincerely, Correspondence Officer.”

Miss Ellis said: “I was surprised - I didn’t expect to get a reply at all! He didn’t have much to say though. I’m hoping they’ll have a rethink.”