New figures reveal that 5250 pensioners in Teesside and East Cleveland will see their state pension increase by just 87p.
On 4th December 2014 the government announced the state pension will rise by £2.85 a week but the following week Ministers were forced to admit that 1.6 million pensioners would see a rise of just 87p in their state pension income.
Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop said: ““I’m calling on David Cameron to come clean with thousands of pensioners in Teesside about the future value of their state pensions.
“His ministers should have been upfront about the 87p rise in the Government’s state pension income announcement to Parliament. This lack of openness and transparency about the losers from state pension reform undermines public confidence in the Government’s policy.
“It’s time for the government to treat pensioners with respect and be upfront about the value of their pensions.”
Labour’s shadow pensions minister, Gregg McClymont said: “1.6 million pensioners have been shocked to find that their state pension income is to rise by just 87p from April, not the £2.85 per week rise the Government promised.
“Rather than being open and honest, government ministers have tried to hide the fact that many people who have done the right thing, worked hard and saved for a pension are losing out.”