Rising pensioner poverty ‘a national scandal’, say Labour

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The Labour Party has promised to stand up for pensioners feeling the worst effects of government policies, as it pledges to ensure older people “keep the hard-won entitlements they currently hold”.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Debbie Abrahams unveiled the Party’s “Pensioners’ Pledge Card”, during a visit to an arts and crafts exhibition at Age UK Coventry’s Craft and Computer Centre, detailing four key pledges aimed at older voters.

Labour has committed to: Protect pensioner incomes by legislating to keep the Triple-Lock on state pensions up to 2025, end the unfairness on the women’s pension age and compensating those worst affected, protect the pensions of UK citizens living overseas, and keep the Winter Fuel Allowance and free bus passes for pensioners.

Progress made on reducing pensioner poverty is showing signs of reversing, with the number of older people in poverty increasing over the last year.

According to new analysis from the House of Commons Library, pensioners will be at least £650 better off by the end of the next parliament from keeping the triple-lock.

Labour’s Pensioners’ Pledge Card.

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, said: “I am delighted to be launching this pledge card that will inform many elderly people in our communities that Labour is not only promising to stand up for pensioners; but is determined to ensure they keep the hard-won entitlements they currently hold.”

He added: “It’s a national scandal that pensioner poverty is rising and the Tories are refusing to commit to keeping the triple-lock or compensate women worst affected by the speeding up in the state pension age.

“Only a Labour Government will stand up for pensioners and protect them throughout the next parliament.”