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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 15th July 2015.

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Photo of David Cameron David Cameron The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 11:30 am, 15th July 2015

I will look carefully at the hon. Gentleman’s question, but it was absolutely right to raise the pension age. That has been one of the most important long-term changes that have enabled us to go on paying very generous pensions. It has enabled us to have the triple lock, which means that the pension will always go up by earnings, prices or 2.5%—whichever is the highest. If we went down the path that he is suggesting of not changing the pension age, pretty soon we would find that we could not pay proper pensions. That is always the Labour way—you take the easy way, you duck the difficult decisions and then you can’t pay.

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George Morley
Posted on 16 Jul 2015 6:21 pm (Report this annotation)

Whilst moving the pension age is a reasonable thing to do with the increasing longevity of life with modern medicine, there is no reasonable justification for the government to continue to discriminate against any pensioner retiring to most of the Commonwealth countries by denying them the indexation that they, like everyone else, have paid for and deserve.