Clegg: 'Cut benefits for wealthy'
NICK CLEGG has suggested wealthy pensioners should be stripped of a raft of benefits as Britain continues to struggle to balance the books.
The Deputy Prime Minister insisted he was driven by the principle of fairness and that meant "money should not be paid to those who do not need it".
Such a move would lead to means-testing for the winter fuel allowance, free bus travel, prescriptions and television licences.
Prime Minister David Cameron is committed to keeping the universal benefits in place until 2015 but many Tories are keen for reform.
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In a keynote speech, Mr Clegg mounted a vigorous defence of the coalition's welfare reforms, insisting the Government had an "absolute duty" to ensure the system was fair to all.