With the Government briefing big spending cuts, they once again failed to yet rule out real terms cuts to pensions or benefits. By repeatedly u-turning on these issues, they were only adding to mounting financial worries for retirees (especially the one quarter of London pensioners already living in poverty) and families who need benefits to get by. I voted to protect the Triple Lock on pensions as part of a Labour Opposition Day on the issue, which sought to held the Conservatives’ feet to the fire on this. It’s a scandal that some retirees are worrying about whether they can afford to turn the heating on or use the toaster. Another effective cut to pensions would have added insult to injury.
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