Joan McAlpine says Theresa May refuses to shoot straight over triple-lock pensions as thousands face penury in old age.
Is your pension safe with Theresa May?
All the evidence suggests OAPs, or anyone planning retirement, should worry about a Tory government.
Their track record on pensions is terrible – before you even consider the threatened broken promise on the so-called “triple lock”.
It’s their disgraceful treatment of “WASPI” women born in the 50s.
It’s the plummeting value of UK pensions under the Tories, compared with other countries.
It’s the lies the Tories told when promising retirees a superior new “flat-rate” pension.
On Andrew Marr this Sunday, Theresa May again refused to answer straight when asked if she would keep the “triple lock”.
The lock guarantees pensions will rise by the rate of inflation for wages or prices – or 2.5 per cent, which ever is highest.
This “triple lock” was meant to tackle pensioner poverty.
Before it came along, the state pension had sunk to its lowest level as a proportion of full-time wages – 16 per cent.
One in every six pensioners in the UK still lives below the poverty line.
No wonder. The UK is slipping in the worldwide league table known as the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index .
The index this year said the UK had been downgraded from a B to a C rating.
It fell to No. 11 this year. Denmark was No. 1, with the Netherlands in second place.
Isn’t it interesting that small European countries such as these deliver generously for older people when Great “call me a global power” Britain is so hopeless?