UK Government pension changes criticised
Clacks and Dunblane MSP Keith Brown says the UK Government should be “ashamed” – after announcing changes to state pensions amid the Brexit chaos.
From May, couples where one partner is of pensionable age and the other is not, will no longer be able to claim for Pension Credit.
Mr Brown said the policy is “wholly unfair” and will lead to some pensioners in the Forth Valley being £7,000 a year worse off.
Age Scotland’s Chief Executive, Brian Sloan said:
“Such an outrageous new policy will do nothing but penalise older couples of mixed age, making them poorer for living together. This substantial cut to many older couples’ finances was sneakily announced as Brexit and no confidence votes dominated the House of Commons as a way of burying bad news. It will have a devastating impact on the health of Scotland’s poorest pensioners as they struggle to pay bills and heat their homes.
Right now, we know that four in ten pensioner couples have difficulty paying their fuel bill, with those in rural areas most affected. Pension credit can help older people out of fuel poverty. Without this income boost even more older people throughout the country could find themselves in poverty, which is an wholly unacceptable.
The UK Government must have thought we wouldn’t notice. But we have and they must rethink this absurd policy.