- Nov 11, 2007
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With all due respect Rocky its not a case of arguing one thing against the other. The list you've provided there is a list of shame for the UK. Each one needed or deserving of more. Something Labour, as the official opposition party at Westminster, should be fighting tooth and nail for.Isn't the triple lock vote just to do with the fact that wages were so low last year (due to furlough) that this year's increase in wages of 8.5% or whatever it is is totally anomalous? Would be an absolute boot in the baws to be giving all pensioners an 8.5% increase whilst taking the £20 UC uplift off the poorest families, spanking the lower paid with proportionately higher NI impacts, nurses only getting 2.5% pay rise and while everyone is coping with rising food and fuel prices would it not? If I was going in to bat for any of those it wouldn't be the one off suspension of the wage increase element of triple lock. Obviously I'd ideally be going in to bat for all of the above but the 8.5% pension rise would be bottom of my list.
But since we're discussing the OAP even with an 8.5% increase pensioners in the UK would still have one of the worst state pensions in the Western World. Something that has been the case for decades. Not something we should be making worse in my opinion.
NB. I'm not yet old enough to be in receipt of my old age pension.