“I am delighted that all councillors – with the exception of the Tories – decided to support our call for Boris Johnson to perform another U-turn and this time re-instate the Pensions Triple Lock”, said Cllr Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest) commenting on Renfrewshire Councillors voting 26 to 5 in favour of the motion put forward by himself and Cllr Mags MacLaren calling for the Tories to bring back the Pensions Triple Lock.
The Pensions Triple Lock – which guarantees that pensions grow in line with whichever is the highest out of earnings, inflation or 2.5% – would have meant the state pension rising by 8% but the Tories decided that was too much and have cut it back to around 3%, saving the Government around £5billion. That’s £5billion taken from the pockets and purses of pensioners who already receive one of the worst pensions out of all the developed nations of the world.
It was however disappointing that new rules on councillors declaring an interest on motions meant that a number of councillors who receive the state pension had to exempt themselves from the debate. Of the remaining councillors only the Tory group objected to the motion.
Cllr Kenny MacLaren added:
“It was pretty embarrassing hearing Tory councillors claim the Pension Triple Lock wasn’t broken by the Tories but was merely suspended for one year – I don’t see the Tories attempting to ‘suspend’ the massive rises in food and fuel costs!
“Cllr McIntyre performed verbal gymnastics trying to explain that the UK pension is not one of the worst in the developed world – I’m not sure there will be many pensioners in Paisley and Renfrewshire who agree with him!
“Put simply, the Tories have dipped into the pockets and purses of pensioners to save some money which no doubt will end up in the accounts of their supporters via the same dodgy contracts they used to hive off public money through the Covid crisis.”
Cllr Mags MacLaren said:
“Suspending the Pension Triple Lock is still a breach of a Tory Manifesto Promise, once they’ve broken that link who really expects them to re-introduce it. So far Boris Johnson has made 33 U-turns in his two years in power, so why not perform one more and provide some comfort for pensioners facing massive food and fuel price rises?
“The Tory government has no intention of building a fair recovery from the pandemic. The only way to keep Scotland safe from Tory cuts is to become an independent country, with the full powers needed to protect and improve pensioner incomes.”