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

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:30 am on 23rd February 2010.

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Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs) 9:30 am, 23rd February 2010

My hon. Friend makes a valid point about one reason why many pensioners do not apply for or claim pension credit and therefore do not receive it. That is why I would like to see the basic state pension ultimately raised to such a level that the current system was not needed. For as long as the pension credit system exists, the Government should at least ensure that pensioners receive all the money to which they are entitled. However, Government figures show that that is not happening; the number of eligible pensioners not receiving their full benefits is rising.