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    Correcting State Pension underpayments may require DWP to bring in outside expertise

    Correcting State Pension underpayments may require DWP to bring in outside expertise

    Government may need private sector experts to help correct State Pension underpayments before more of the women die. The complexity of the calculations mean people can’t work out their State Pension and are totally reliant on Government to pay the right amount. Over-80s and thousands of divorced women should also be urgently assessed to correct underpayments. Interest on arrears and compensation are required to address the injustice. The Public Accounts Committee has issued a damning report highlighting ongoing problems of…

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    Work and Pensions Committee Report is right to focus on helping

    Work and Pensions Committee Report is right to focus on helping

    Work and Pensions Committee supports pension freedoms but urges Government, industry and Regulators to do far more to help consumers. Report suggests pension savers are left fumbling in the dark due to excessive complexity, disjointed regulation and insufficient guidance or advice. MPs rightly recommend that pension policy should be more about ‘people’ than ‘pension pots’.     Recommendations include: Government and Regulators need research and data on use of pension freedoms Increase take-up of PensionWise guidance – new nudges are not…

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    Pensioners need emergency Manifesto this winter as inflation soars but pensions lag behind

    Pensioners need emergency Manifesto this winter as inflation soars but pensions lag behind

    Pensioners facing a perfect storm this Winter as fuel prices and inflation soar but pensions fail to keep up.  Government should consider an emergency manifesto to address the living cost crisis for elderly citizens who are most vulnerable to the cold this winter.    Government response must include urgent plans to increase Pension Credit take-up and enable pensioners to afford to heat their homes with reduced prices or increased benefits.  Excess winter deaths among the elderly have averaged tens of…

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    State pension age review needs to consider more flexibility for those in poorest health as average life expectancy masks vast differentials across society

    State pension age review needs to consider more flexibility for those in poorest health as average life expectancy masks vast differentials across society

    State pension age review needs to consider flexibility to recognise vast differentials in healthy life expectancy.  Ever rising age disadvantages the poorest and least healthy as poorest Brits only stay healthy to around age 50, but wealthiest to age 70.  Wealthiest groups can get even higher pensions if they delay their pension age but poorest who are least likely to have private pensions, cannot get a penny early even after a 45 or 50 years National Insurance record.  Flexibility allowing…

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    Inflation at 5.1% is another blow to pensioners

    Inflation at 5.1% is another blow to pensioners

    Latest inflation numbers show State Pension rise of 3.1% will leave poorest pensioners struggling.  Pensioners have been stripped of the protection they were promised and many will struggle to afford heating.  The poorest pensioners have lost the earnings inflation protection for Pension Credit that was in law for around 20 years.  The latest inflation figures showing CPI inflation reached a two-year high of 5.1% last month, confirm again that the 3.1% increase for State Pensions is completely inadequate to protect…

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    Today’s inflation numbers show why 3.1% pension increase will be so damaging

    Today’s inflation numbers show why 3.1% pension increase will be so damaging

    The latest 4.2% CPI rise for October was driven largely by rising household bill, such as electricity, gas and other fuel, after the energy price cap was increased last month. This shows how inadequate the 3.1% rise in State Pensions next year will be. Pensioner poverty was already rising before the pandemic and rising inflation will leave more in desperate straits as they try to pay their basic bills during the coming months.   Today’s CPI inflation numbers confirm again…

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    MPs vote to remove promised protection for pensioners

    MPs vote to remove promised protection for pensioners

    MPs missed an opportunity to restore trust and instead voted to push more pensioners into poverty.    Government reasons to drop earnings protection for State Pensions and Pension Credit do not stand up to scrutiny.    State Pensions would be higher next year if the triple lock had not been applied and only earnings had been used, but pensioners are told they have been protected!  MPs had a chance to restore some public confidence in their integrity. Sadly, they missed…

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    What next for the triple lock and pensioners?

    What next for the triple lock and pensioners?

    After the Lords vote to protect the triple lock state Pension earnings link, what happens next?  Commons will debate the amendments the week after next giving a few days to add pressure.  It’s not too late for Government to change its mind and keep the triple lock, using an adjusted earnings figure lower than 8.3%.  If pensions rise by just 3.1%, there will be increasing pensioner poverty and MPs likely to face angry pensioners who feel abandoned while their household…

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    Pensioners are not the Chancellor’s cash machine – they need their promised protections

    Pensioners are not the Chancellor’s cash machine – they need their promised protections

    3.1% rise in State Pensions next year means a real terms cut, despite 2019 Manifesto commitments to protect pensioner.  Scrapping the triple lock earnings link takes over £5billion away from pensioners next year – the Budget’s biggest cost-cutting measure.  Pensioners should not be used as a cash machine to pay for spending elsewhere, such as a lower bank levy or alcohol duty, especially as we face a cost of living crisis.  Tuesday’s Lords debate could stop this and ask MPs…

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    Congratulations to the Chancellor for addressing low paid workers’ pension problems at last

    Congratulations to the Chancellor for addressing low paid workers’ pension problems at last

    Delighted to see Chancellor’s Budget plan to fix flawed pension tax relief rules for lowest earners which meant around 2 million workers were losing out on tax relief. More than a million low-earning women are currently paying 25% extra for their pension due to a tax administration anomaly in Net Pay schemes. Chancellor proposes to change HMRC systems to ensure they will get their tax relief and higher take home pay – but not till 2025. I welcome the Chancellor’s…

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