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Our Conservative MP votes to break his manifesto promise and suspend the triple lock on pensions.

by Jackie Porter on 21 September, 2021

20,267pensioners in Winchester hit by Conservative broken promise on triple lock

The Liberal Democrats have published figures showing that 20,267 of State Pensioners in Winchester constituency are set to be impacted by the government breaking its manifesto promise and suspending the triple lock on pensions.

The state pension triple lock is a rule that means the state pension must rise each year in line with the highest of three possible figures, inflation, average earnings or 2.5%.

It follows a vote in Parliament on the issue on Monday in which Conservative MPs including Brine , the Winchester and Chandler’s Ford Conservative MP voted to suspend the triple lock. This is despite a Conservative manifesto commitment to keep the triple lock in place until 2024, and comes just weeks after Boris Johnson led his Conservative MPs to vote for a promise breaking tax hike on National Insurance. 

The Liberal Democrats have warned that the Conservatives are “turning their back on local elderly residents,” many of whom are living in poverty. 

The figures, based on analysis by the House of Commons Library commissioned by the Liberal Democrats, show that 20,267state pensioners in Winchester and Chandler’s Ford Constituency will be hit by the government’s broken promise. They also show that 1257 pensioners in the area are benefiting from state Pension Credit, which is given to the poorest pensioners.

The Liberal Democrats tabled an amendment in Parliament to the Social Security Bill that called for additional support to address the impact of the pandemic on the two million pensioners currently living in poverty and making the uplift to Universal Credit permanent. Steve Brine voted against this.  Labour abstained on the vote, making the Liberal Democrats the only major UK-wide party to stand up for pensioners and oppose the government’s broken promise to them.

Commenting, Jackie Porter said: 

“This is yet another broken promise from the Conservatives that will hit pensioners in this constituency hard in the pocket. With rising energy and food prices, this is not a good time to fail pensioners in this way. 

“The government is turning its back on local elderly residents, who risk no longer being able to heat their homes this winter as energy costs spiral. 866 older women and 391 older men are already needing Pension credit, because their income is not enough to manage. 

“Our pensioners deserve a fair deal. The triple lock was a cast iron guarantee that vulnerable elderly people were relying on and the Conservatives have failed them.

“Liberal Democrats are demanding that the government supports the many pensioners in our area living in poverty and ensure that we don’t return to the days of the  insulting 75p rise to the state pension.”

Full data from the House of Commons Library is available here 

The Amendment tabled by the Liberal Democrats in Parliament: 

That this House, while recognising the extraordinary circumstances of the covid-19 pandemic, declines to give a Second Reading to the Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill because it represents a broken manifesto commitment made by the Government at the last General Election, fails to address the impact of the pandemic on the two million pensioners living in poverty and fails to increase key benefits, such as making permanent the uplift to Universal Credit. 

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