Lib Dems to give £770 boost to 25,000 pensioners in North Dorset


Over 25,000 pensioners living in North Dorset will receive at least an extra £772 per year under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans to protect the 'triple lock' for state pensions.

North Dorset has one of the highest number of people receiving state pensions in the country, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics.

Thanks to the triple lock guarantee, secured by the Liberal Democrats when they were in government, the basic state pension has risen in each year by whichever is the higher of earnings, prices or a rate of 2.5%.

However, the Conservatives have refused to guarantee whether the triple lock will continue, raising fears it could be scrapped.

The Liberal Democrats have committed today to keeping the triple lock, meaning the state pension would be worth at least £137.15 a week by 2021, up from £122.30 in 2017, or an extra £772 a year.

This would be paid for in part by restricting perks such as the winter fuel allowance so they are no longer paid to the wealthiest pensioners.

Liberal Democrat candidate for North Dorset, Tom Panton, said: "Protecting the triple lock will mean an extra £772 a year by 2021 for 25,000 people receiving the state pension in North Dorset.

The Liberal Democrats are making a clear commitment to older people this area, unlike the Conservatives who have repeatedly refused to give this guarantee.

The triple lock has succeeded in lifting thousands of pensioners out of poverty, but many are still struggling to get by. An important test of a civilised society is the way in which it cares for the elderly.

This commitment will ensure older people are able to meet their basic needs and that their living standards will be protected, especially with prices set to rise in the coming years."

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