The Conservative government’s threat to scrap the triple lock on pensions would cost pensioners in North Norfolk a colossal £11.3m, new analysis by the Liberal Democrats has found.
The broken Conservative promise would hit almost 28,000 local pensioners, who would lose an average of £407 each a year if pensions were uprated with earnings rather than inflation.
This makes North Norfolk one of the hardest hit constituencies in the country if the triple lock was dropped.
The threat comes amidst the highest price rises in 40 years, and despite the Conservatives promising at the last election to keep the triple lock in place.
The Liberal Democrats have accused the government of “flip flopping” on the issue and said dropping the promise would risk plunging pensioners in North Norfolk into poverty. The party is calling for both pensions and benefits to be uprated in line with inflation to protect vulnerable families and pensioners.
Steffan Aquarone, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for North Norfolk said:
“All too many pensioners this winter will be forced to choose between heating and eating if the Conservatives pursue this cruel and heartless cut. The government’s economic mismanagement created the mess we are in, and now they’re expecting to leave pensioners far worse off, and at severe risk this winter, to bail themselves out.
“Many local people I’ve spoken to in North Walsham today have said they’re deeply worried, with some fearing the worst that elderly people may die this winter if the Conservatives break yet another promise.
“The Conservative record of saying one thing and doing another is just not good enough. Pensioners should not have to pay the price for the Conservative government’s’ economic mess and mismanagement.
“Why are Duncan Baker and the Prime Minister not providing the reassurance that so many are crying out for? It seems they just don’t care and are taking pensioners in North Norfolk for granted yet again.
“Liberal Democrats want to see both benefits and pensions uprated in line with inflation so that no one is left to choose between heating and eating this winter. Pensioners and the most vulnerable in our society must not be abandoned by this government"
Analysis uses data from DWP Benefits statistics