12m face cash cut as Liz Truss could abandon state pension triple lock | The Sun

MILLIONS of pensioners could lose out on promised cash as Liz Truss today refused to commit to the pension triple lock.

A spokesperson for the PM confirmed the popular policy is under threat, despite it being a Tory manifesto commitment in the 2019 general election.

It would affect around 12 million OAPs.

They said: "We are very aware of how many vulnerable pensioners there are and indeed our priority… is we continue to protect the most vulnerable in society.

"The Prime Minister and the Chancellor are not making any commitments on individual policy areas at this point, but as I say the decisions will be made through the prism of what matters most to the most vulnerable."

The triple lock is a calculation used to determine how much the state pension rises by each year.

It was introduced by the coalition government in 2010 and sees pension payments increase in line with whichever of the following is highest:

  • earnings – the average percentage growth in wages in Great Britain
  • prices – the rising cost of living in the UK, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI)
  • 2.5%


Millions on benefits and Universal Credit forced to wait on pay rise decision

Markets rally after Jeremy Hunt rips up tax cuts

Yesterday the PM backed down on a smorgasbord of money policy promises, in a major effort to save her career and calm jittery markets.

New Chancellor Jeremy Hunt declared the mini budget dead in the water, as he announced a planned 1p cut to the basic rate of tax would be binned.

Mr Hunt also confirmed that the Energy Price Guarantee – which sees the typical bill capped at £2,500 – will only last until April, instead of October next year.

The u-turns are part of a major government effort to prove to the City that No10 is fiscally responsible, following the disastrous mini budget.

The 45bn tax bonfire sent the pound plummeting and interest rates soaring.

Most read in The Sun


Truss clings on as Tories don't know how to oust her or who replaces her


Sky launches new TV box with a twist – and it costs less than £1 a day

Best seller

Amanda Owen flooded by support from Our Yorkshire Farm fans after big news


Ferne McCann breaks silence amid voice note row saying ‘I confront difficulties'

But as part of No10's effort to clean up the mess it made, the pension triple lock has been thrown under the bus.

Source: Read Full Article