Template Press Release on triple lock pensions

A template press release on the government’s broken promise on triple lock pensions


Dear all, 

Please see below a template press release on the government’s broken promise on triple lock pensions.

Please use this data sheet from the House of Commons Library to find your constituency and insert the number of state pensioners [Column D] and the percentage of people [Column E] that will be affected in your area, along with the number of pensioners in the areas benefiting from Pension Credit [Column O]. 

There is also an optional line for those in Conservative-facing seats where the MP broke their manifesto promise by voting for suspending the triple lock. A list of how MPs voted is available here. Those who voted Aye voted for suspending the triple lock, those with no vote recorded were not present or abstained. 

[INSERT NUMBER Column D] pensioners in AREA hit by Conservative broken promise on triple lock

The Liberal Democrats have published figures showing that [INSERT NUMBER Column D] of State Pensioners in [AREA] 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 [INSERT LOCAL Conservative MP if voted for] voted to suspend the triple lock. This is despite a Conservatives 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 [INSERT % Column E] of people in [AREA] will be hit by the government's broken promise. They also show that [INSERT number Column O] pensioners in the 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, [INSERT LOCAL SPOKESPERSON] said: 

“This is yet another broken promise from the Conservatives that will hit pensioners in AREA 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.

“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.”

ENDS 

Notes to Editors: 

Full data from the House of Commons Library is available here 

Top twenty constituencies with the highest number of people receiving a state pension

Constituency

State pensions

As % of population

Isle of Wight

38,158

26.9%

Bexhill and Battle

30,043

28.1%

Louth and Horncastle

29,605

29.4%

West Dorset

29,573

29.7%

Suffolk Coastal

28,973

27.9%

Christchurch

28,932

33.0%

East Devon

28,903

26.7%

Chichester

28,451

25.5%

Clacton

28,043

30.9%

Sleaford and North Hykeham

27,828

23.3%

East Yorkshire

27,728

26.9%

Torridge and West Devon

27,578

27.0%

Tiverton and Honiton

27,533

26.4%

North Norfolk

27,472

31.4%

Bridgwater and West Somerset

27,293

23.8%

Worthing West

26,916

26.9%

Arundel and South Downs

26,913

26.3%

Wells

26,883

25.0%

Folkestone and Hythe

26,791

22.6%

Somerton and Frome

26,630

24.5%

 

The Amendment tabled by the Liberal Democrats in Parliament

That this House, while recognising the extraordinary circumstances of the covid-19 pandemic, declines to give a Second Reading to the Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Bill because it represents a broken manifesto commitment made by the Government at the last General Election, fails to address the impact of the pandemic on the two million pensioners living in poverty and fails to increase key benefits, such as making permanent the uplift to Universal Credit.