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Social Security Benefits: Uprating

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 15th February 2017.

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Photo of Eilidh Whiteford Eilidh Whiteford Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Social Justice and Welfare)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much will accrue to the Exchequer from the decision not to increase benefit payments for four years.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

I refer the Member for Banff and Buchan to the impact assessment of the benefit rate freeze that was published alongside the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 -

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George Morley
Posted on 16 Feb 2017 4:07 pm (Report this annotation)

Eilidh Whiteford Here is your answer.
"The four year freeze of benefit rates is expected to save £3.5bn in 2019/20. These savings will continue in future as increases will be from a lower base level and savings will increase in cash terms."
This then would be more than sufficient to pay ALL of the Frozen pensioners their rightful but withheld annual state pension entitlement (benefit in DWP terms) uprating and allow section 20 of the Pension Act to be removed thereby stopping Government discrimination.

Jane Davies
Posted on 16 Feb 2017 7:19 pm (Report this annotation)

Here is a radical idea instead of constantly picking on those less well off how about a freeze of MP's salaries, the knock on savings would also work in the same way.
Also it is way past time that the frozen pensioners who for decades have had their state pension frozen just because of where they live is ended. Shame on you politicians who pick on the most vulnerable in society, in effect what you are doing is making the poor, disabled and the frozen pensioners pay for the funding of other projects and the total incompetence of todays politicians who are not able to run the one of the worlds richest countries. Victimising and using threats and intimidation of the most vulnerable is reprehensible and I'm sick and tired of the tail wagging the dog, WE pay your salaries YOU are the public servants it is about time you worked for us and our interests, the taxpayers have had enough of this mismanagement and 'you do as we say' attitude.

John west
Posted on 18 Feb 2017 6:18 am (Report this annotation)

Since when have they ever worked fo me and you the frozen pensioners and they are thieving from you and how about freezing the public servants vast salaries and expenses.
Yes give billionss on foreign Aid and rising substantially each year and all and sundry foreigners flooding the UK with absolutely Zero Contributions, yet get all the benefits going.
The UK has enough of their own claiming everything.
Yes, what a way to treat our most vulnerable and poorest elderly frozen State Pensioners and born and brd UK Citizens, who have often paid more NI contributions and taxes, for the same pension, but born and bred in the United Kingdom. United Kingdom. UNIED it has never been
Both barbaric and total discrimination in effect and what is it section 20 deliberately put on in an Act every single year.

Still so many times this has been raised and those who could do something about this, simply refuse to do so.
Absolutely disgusting, but what can we do?

I noticed the WASP1 ladies and the same kind of principle have got thousands upon thousand of petitions and still totally ignored.
All I have done is support them and word is spreading around,
However, it is not more debate we need (how much more is needed anyway) but some long overdue action and with the case of the frozen Pensioners over 25 years and still counting.

John west
Posted on 18 Feb 2017 6:26 am (Report this annotation)

Sorry was trying to edit, but the screen went blank.
Yes misspell Born and bred UK citizens and 2.
United Kingdom and never ever has it been United, except when there has been wars and then we see The Commons packed to the rafters.
An absolute disgrace and how on earth can they get away with it.