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3,340 pensioners in Wakefield hit by Scrooge like 87p state pension rise

Mary Creagh has called on modern day Scrooge David Cameron to come clean with pensioners after new figures showed 3,340 pensioners in Wakefield are set to receive a rise in the state pension of just 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.

Mary Creagh MP said: 

“The government promised the state pension would rise by £2.85 in April next year but David “Scrooge” Cameron is hitting 3,340 Wakefield pensioners who have saved hard with a rise of just 87p. David Cameron’s government have not been honest with pensioners in Wakefield about the state pension, saying one thing and doing another.  Pensioners on fixed incomes are experiencing the longest cost of living crisis since the 1870’s under the Tories and Lib Dems.  A Labour Government will freeze gas and electricity bills to ease their cash squeeze.”

 

Gregg McClymont, Labour’s Shadow pensions Minister, 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 in Wakefield and across the country about the future value of their state pension.”

 

Ends.

Notes:

1. Local authority figures are available in the ‘Savings Credit only’ column here: http://tabulation-tool.dwp.gov.uk/100pc/pc/ccla/pctype/a_carate_r_ccla_c_pctype_may14.html  (the numbers need to be multiplied by 1000)

2. The regional figures from government are the lowest possible estimate of the number of people affected:

EASTERN – At least 44,630 people affected

EAST MIDLANDS – At least 39,670 people affected

WEST MIDLANDS –At least 51,420 people affected

LONDON – At least 33,99 people affected

NORTH WEST – At least 63,180 people affected

NORTH – At least 31,880 people affected

SCOTLAND – At least 51,970 people affected

SOUTH EAST – At least 54,540 people affected

SOUTH WEST – At least 43,390 people affected

WALES – At least 29,100 people affected

YORKSHIRE AND HUMBER – At least 51,980 people affected

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

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