[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

The hon. Gentleman makes his point well. It is similar to that raised by my hon. Friend Lorely Burt. Many elderly people feel demeaned by having to go cap in hand to the Government. Having a universal system would be much better. I agree that the earnings link should be restored as a matter of priority.