Thousands of pensioners in Stockport hit by Conservative broken promise on triple lock

The Liberal Democrats have published figures showing that 18,610 State Pensioners in Hazel Grove Constituency, 20,237 in Cheadle Constituency and 12,412 in Stockport 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 William Wragg and Mary Robinson 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 23.2% of people in Hazel Grove Constituency, 21.5% in Cheadle Constituency and 13.8% in Stockport Constituency will be hit by the government’s broken promise. They also show that 1,917, 1,634 and 2,194 pensioners in each 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. 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, Tom Morrison, Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Cheadle, said: “This is yet another broken promise from the Conservatives that will hit pensioners across Stockport borough hard in the pocket.

“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.”

Lisa Smart, Lib Dem spokesperson on Finance and Resources on Stockport Council and a Councillor in Romiley, said: “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 75p rise to the state pension.”

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