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Government criticised on level of state pension

The Government has been criticised for intending to increase the basic state pension in line with high street prices instead of earnings.


A group of academics, politicians and religious leaders, including Baroness Barbara Castle, has called for state pensions to be increased to at least £75 a week compared with the £66.75 currently proposed.


It claims the basic state pension would now be worth more than £90 a week if pensions had increased in line with earnings, a link abolished by the Conservatives in 1980.

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