Robert Halfon MP votes for further increase to state pension next year
General / Tue 7th Dec 2021 am31 09:43am
HARLOW’S MP, Robert Halfon, has voted to increase the state pension next year by either 2.5% or inflation – whichever is higher. This comes in line with the £2,050 increase to the state pension since 2010.
Commenting, Mr Halfon said: “I have worked hard to secure a fair deal for pensioners and I am pleased that since 2010, the state pension has increased by £2,050 in line with the Triple Lock.
“This evening, I voted to increase the state pension further next year by the rate of inflation (currently 3.1%) or 2.5%, whichever is higher at the time.
“It is important to note that this increase will come despite the extreme financial difficulties the country faces, having spent £407 billion to get the country through the pandemic, forcing the national debt up to £2.5 trillion.
“Contrary to what has been reported and spread on social media, there will be a Double Lock on pensions next year to ensure pensions see a fair rise, rather than the anomaly the Triple Lock would have caused. This action has been supported by the Office for National Statistics figures that show that linking the pension rate to earnings next year would not be possible.
“I will continue to work hard to secure a fair deal for pensioners and increase the state pension rate year on year.”
I think they deserve more than the inflation rate sa they haven't had a good pay rise in years
Robert, in 2019 you campaigned on a tory manifesto that included the triple lock. Now you are making out that voting for a double lock is something to be proud of. You also continually promised that taxes would reduce, that wasn't happening and nor is it likely to happen until another election is called. Yes, I know that we have Covid but were your promises conditional, not that I was aware. I suppose the lesson is that a tory promise is about as reliable as a chocolate fireguard