Friday, 19 December 2014

1.6 million pensioners hit by David Cameron’s 87p pension rise

On 4 December the government announced the state pension will rise by £2.85 a week. But ministers were forced to admit in the following week that up to 1.6 million pensioners would see a rise of just 87p in their state pension income. Labour are calling on David Cameron to come clean with 1.6 million pensioners about the future value of the state pension.

David Cameron to be open and honest with pensioners after new figures showed 63,180 pensioners in North West are set to receive a rise in the state pension of 87p.

On 4th December 2014 the government announced the state pension would rise by £2.85 a week. But in the following days ministers were forced to admit up to 1.6 million pensioners would see a rise of just 87p in their state pension income.

The government promised the state pension would rise by £2.85 in April next year but 63,180 pensioners in North West are set to receive a rise in the state pension of 87p will receive a rise of just 87p. David Cameron’s government have not been open and honest with pensioners about the state pension, saying one thing and doing another. It’s time for the government to treat pensioners with respect and be upfront about the value of their pensions.”
Gregg McClymont said, “1.6 million pensioners who have done the right thing, worked hard and saved for a pension have been let down by the government. It’s time for David Cameron to come clean with pensioners across the country about the future value of their state pension.”
Source: (Figures in a row called: ‘savings credit only’ - http://tabulation-tool.dwp.gov.uk/100pc/pc/pctype/ccgor/a_carate_r_pctype_c_ccgor_may14.html 

Constituency figures are available in the first column here:
http://tabulation-tool.dwp.gov.uk/100pc/pc/ccparlc/ccptnr/pctype/a_carate_r_ccparlc_c_ccptnr_p_pctype_savings_credit_only_may14.html 
(the numbers need to be multiplied by 1000, e.g. Aldershot is at least 450 pensioners affected)