THE withdrawal of the transferable marriage allowance proposed by the Labour Party will have greatest impact on pensioners with only small private pension income to supplement their state income.

Unlike wage earners they will not get compensatory gains from other Labour proposals, ie increased minimum wage and extra childcare funding.

The £20 per month becomes much more significant at lower income levels, especially when combined with the withdrawal of the free TV licence, reducing annual income by about £400.

John Watson, Darlington