Monday, 19 December 2011

Good News Before Christmas For Pensioners and Those with Disabilities

In keeping with the Government’s pledge to protect the most vulnerable, the Autumn Statement announced plans to increase the state pension by £23.01 a month and up-rate benefits by 5.2% for those who are unable to work because of their disabilities.
Laura said: “At a time when the nation’s finances are under severe pressure, I am extremely pleased that the Government has adhered to its commitment to safeguard those who require support the most. The cost of living is rising and it is only right that those who are unable to work – through no fault of their own – are protected. Across Thanet, we have the highest number of residents with disabilities in Kent - 9.8% of local people have physical or learning difficulties which prevent them from working. I regularly meet with disability groups and know how important this money is to ensure they are able to meet the costs of living.
“The increase in the state pension fulfils a key pledge of the Coalition Government. Pensioners across Thanet and Sandwich will benefit from the biggest ever cash increase to their basic state pension in April. Thanks to the Government aligning state pensions to the Consumer Price Index rather than the Retail Price Index, pensioners will get an extra £23.01 a month. Over a year, this change will really make a difference and the link with earnings should mean a typical person will receive £15,000 more than under Labour’s pension regime. For those that have worked hard all their lives and paid their national insurance, the rise in state pension is a real bonus.
“These announcements will be welcome for many residents across Thanet and Sandwich. It represents a considerable recognition of the real needs of those local residents who are now retired or whose lives are permanently challenging.”

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