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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
(1) what estimate his Department has made of the value of the single-tier state pension if it was uprated by (a) earnings, (b) the consumer prices index and (c) 2.5 per cent before implementation in 2017;
(2) if he will estimate the equivalent value of the single-tier state pension in 2017 if it were to be uprated before that date by (a) earnings, (b) consumer prices index and (c) 2.5 per cent.
The single-tier pension will be implemented in April 2017 at the earliest, and will be set above the basic level of means-tested support, the pension credit standard minimum guarantee. The final level of the single-tier pension will be set closer to implementation, taking into account the cost implications and the fiscal context at the time.