Catherine Atkinson, Labour Candidate for Erewash has called on the government to be open and honest with pensioners after new figures showed 1050 pensioners in Erewash, which includes Ilkeston and Long Eaton are set to receive a rise in the state pension of just 87p.
On 4th December 2014 the government announced the state pension would rise by £2.85 a week. But in the following days and weeks ministers were forced to admit up to 1.6 million pensioners would see a rise of just 87p in their state pension income.
Catherine spent Christmas Day helping organise the delivery of Christmas meals to vulnerable pensioners, she said:
“It makes me very angry when people aren't honest with pensioners who always deserve our respect. The government promised the state pension would rise by £2.85 in April next year but a massive 1050 pensioners in our area will receive a rise of just 87p. That's a pretty cheap way to behave over the Christmas period. David Cameron’s government have not been open and honest with pensioners in Ilkeston, Long Eaton and Sandiacre about the state pension. It’s time for the government to treat local pensioners with respect and be upfront about the value of their pensions so that they can budget and plan ahead.”
Gregg McClymont, Labour's Shadow Pensions Minister said, “1.6 million pensioners who have done the right thing, worked hard and saved for a pension have been let down by the government. It’s time for David Cameron to come clean with pensioners in Erewash and across the country about the future value of their state pension.”