Theresa May: Government Will Keep ‘Triple Lock’ on Pensions

By Sam Thomas | 1st August 2016 | 14 min read

The Government resists calls by former Pensions Minister Baroness Altmann to scrap the triple lock on state pensions, despite warnings of high costs.

Prime Minister Theresa May has reassured savers that the so-called triple lock, which protests state pensions, will remain in place – despite calls by former Pensions Minister Ros Altmann that the scheme could lead to ‘enormous costs’.

The pension’s triple lock guarantees that state payments will rise by either the inflation rate, average earnings, or a 2.5% safety net, whichever is highest. Baroness Altmann’s suggestion was that a ‘double lock’ could still provide savers with adequate protection, whilst saving the Government billions of pounds.

Baroness Altmann suggested that state pensions should increase in line with prices or earnings, claiming the 2.5% rise "really isn't a sensible policy as far as long-term policy making is concerned."

She called on the Government to focus on the long term, rather than "knee-jerk, headline, totemic policies", which she claimed "end up staying forever because nobody has got the courage" to revisit the issue.

"The double lock would still give pensioners much better protection than most other areas of the economy," she said.

"It is absolutely right that we must protect pensioners, and we should look at a double lock as the best way for the long term to really achieve that."

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said: "The manifesto contains a commitment to protect the triple lock. That commitment still stands."

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