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Pension credit changes ‘a disgrace’ says MP

An MP has called the government’s plans to change the pension credit system a “backward step” and a “disgrace”.

In January the government announced it will limit access to pension credits for couples from May this year.

It has decided that pension credits will, from now on, only be available to couples where both partners have reached pension age, rather than the previous system whereby only one partner had to be of retirement age in order to receive credits.

Under the changes couples will receive Universal Credit instead.

The financial impacts are significant with couples on Universal Credit getting £114.81 a week, compared with £255.25 for a couple receiving pension credit.

This amounts to a potential loss of £7,320 a year.

MP Stephen Lloyd, who was formerly the Liberal Democrats’ pension spokesman before resigning the party whip last year, has tabled an early day motion calling on the government to reverse the changes.

He says: “If changes to pension credits are introduced. Many citizens could be as much as over £7,000 a year worse off.

“Much has been done in recent years to address the issue of pension poverty, with the pensions triple lock and the pension freedoms, but these changes are a backward step and, frankly, a disgrace.

“This is why I have tabled an early day motion to urge the government to reconsider.”

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  1. Given that pension credit is about topping up income to liveable levels for those who are retired. I really am curious as to why anyone would think that those that haven’t yet reached state pension age, should effectively be allowed to receive their state pension early, simply because their partner has reached SPA?

    Are these people incapable of working? Why should they be entitled to more that others, simply because they married someone older than them?

    It’s simply another symptom of the “entitlement” mentality that says people are entitled to the fruits of others people’s labours if they want them.

    It’s a symptom of the reason we have a massive national debt, still have a large budget deficit and is why our children and grandchildren will be paying our debts for probably the next 100 years.

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