Age UK responds to triple lock suspension
Published on 07 September 2021 04:00 PM
If suspending the triple lock for a single year helps get a Government deal on social care over the line then I believe it’s a price worth paying, but only if it really is just a one-off measure and not a sneaky way for Ministers to ditch the triple lock altogether.
“With more than two million pensioners currently living in poverty, there’s a strong case for keeping the triple lock as it is at the moment. However I do think most older people will understand if they receive only a relatively modest State Pension increase next April. It is however imperative that the triple lock reverts to normal next year to help all those pensioners on low & modest incomes who desperately need it.”
Read our reaction to the social care plans announced this week
“While the Prime Minister's announcement doesn't give us everything we wanted... this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve social care that must not be allowed to slip away.”
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