April 28, 2017






Patricia Gibson MP has described the UK Tory Government's attack on state pensions as “a national scandal” and warned that the Tories will use an election victory to betray pensioners yet again.


Millions of women born in the 1950s have been denied their rightful state pensions after bearing the brunt of hurriedly-introduced changes, an issue which the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign has argued vociferously against.


Both Theresa May and Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green have refused to say if they are set to ditch the triple lock, which ensures the state pension rises in line with average earnings, inflation or 2.5%, whichever is the highest.


A report published yesterday by Age Scotland revealed that over 200,000 pensioners in Scotland are struggling financially and expressed concerns at rising pensioner poverty.


Patricia highlighted the SNP’s record for pensioners in government – including protecting and investing in Free Personal and Nursing Care for the elderly, Winter Fuel Payments and working with Age Scotland to increase the uptake of financial support available to older people.


Patricia said:


“The treatment of pensioners by this Tory government has been nothing short of a national scandal. Millions of women have been denied their rightful state pension, including 4,800 in my own constituency. The WASPI campaign has worked tirelessly to highlight their plight, but Theresa May’s government has coldly brushed aside their concerns.


“And now – in this election – it appears that the Tories are hoping to quietly ditch their commitment to the triple lock, which was supported by all parties precisely because it was crucial in tackling the low incomes that are a reality in too many pensioner households.


“With pensioner poverty on the rise across the UK, any more Tory attacks on pensions are the last thing we need.

“The Tories found the money to cut taxes for the rich in their budget, but seem unwilling to find the money to give state pensioners a decent income. No government which believes in a fair society could pursue those two positions.


“A vote for the SNP in this election is a vote to stand up for older people across Scotland, for fair pensions, and to stop a Tory betrayal in its tracks.”


Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, describes the Triple Lock as a ‘vital tool’ in the fight against pensioner poverty…/rise-in-poverty-response/


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