[Mr. Roger Gale in the Chair] — Pensioner Poverty

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:00 am on 23rd February 2010.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 10:00 am, 23rd February 2010

Does the hon. Gentleman share my dismay that this year's pensions uprating adds 2.5 per cent. to the basic pension but freezes state earnings-related pensions? Will he consider-I will not ask him for a commitment now-joining us in the Division Lobby next Monday when we vote against the decision to freeze the SERPS uprating? We believe that pensioners should not bear the brunt of the cuts.