‘Tories will betray pensioners once again’: Sturgeon warns treatment of elderly is a ‘national scandal’ : Daily Record.

The First Minister believes a General Election win for the Tories will result in poorer provision for the retired.

Nicola Sturgeon has described the Conservatives’ treatment of pensioners as “a national scandal”.

Scotland’s First Minister believes the party will use a General Election victory on June 8 to “betray pensioners yet again”.

Plans to increase the state pension age for women from 60 to 65 between 2010 and 2020 were initially set out in 1995.

But the coalition government decided to speed up the process in 2011, resulting in the state pension age for women due to increase to 65 in November 2018 and to 66 by October 2020.

Ms Sturgeon 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 – 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.

The triple lock 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.

Read More : Daily Record.

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