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Dudley MP Ian Austin has revealed new figures showing that 16,750 in the Black Country and Staffordshire County Council area have been hit by an 87p state pension rise.

Earlier in the month the government were forced to admit that up to 1.6 million pensioners across the UK have seen their state pension rise by just 87p, rather than £2.85 which ministers first claimed.

On 4th December 2014 the government announced the state pension will rise by £2.85 a week. Ministers were forced to admit in the following week that hundreds of thousands of pensioners would see a rise of just 87p in their state pension income as result of reductions to the Savings Credit element of pension credit.

The West Midlands is second hardest hit region, with 51,420 pensioners hit by the 87p rise.

Austin has previously supported a triple-lock on pensions to make sure they rise by the highest inflation, wages or 2.5%. He has now written to the Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith urging him to keep his promises.

Ian Austin said:

“The government promised the state pension would rise by £2.85 in April next year but over 16,750 pensioners in the Black Country will receive a rise of just 87p.

“David Cameron’s government have not been open and honest with pensioners in the Black Country about the state pension, saying one thing and doing another.

“Local pensioners have worked hard and contributed their entire lives, so it’s time that the government treated them with some respect.”

Please find constituency figures for the Black Country and Staffordshire below.

CONSTITUENCY PENSIONERS AFFECTED
Dudley North 1,040
Dudley South 1,020
Halesowen & RR 1,050
Stourbridge 960
Dudley 4,070
Walsall North 1,200
Walsall South 950
Walsall 2,150
West Bromwich East 1,150
West Bromwich West 1,130
Sandwell 2,280
Wolverhampton NE 1,000
Wolverhampton SE 1,190
Wolverhampton SW 780
Wolverhampton 2,970
Cannock Chase 980
Wyre Forest 1,110
Lichfield 800
South Staffordshire 970
Stafford 680
Staffordshire Moorlands 740
Black Country & Staffs 16,750

16,750 Black Country pensioners hit by 87p rise

Dudley MP Ian Austin has revealed new figures showing that 16,750 in the Black Country and Staffordshire County Council area have been hit by an 87p state pension rise.

Dudley MP Ian Austin will visit Royal Mail's Dudley delivery office to thank staff for their efforts in delivering Christmas mail.

Austin is visiting the delivery office on Trinity Road in the town centre at 8:30am on Friday 19 December.

The MP will tour the delivery office to see how Dudley’s posties deal with festive mail and will chat to the hardworking staff who ensure a first class Christmas for Dudley residents.

Mr Austin will make an early start in order to meet the office’s manager and the postmen and women who are responsible for ensuring that Dudley’s massive Christmas mailbag is delivered to over 42,000 addresses at Royal Mail’s busiest time of year.

The visit will be just in time to post any cards and presents for delivery before Christmas, with the last recommended posting date on Saturday 20th December for First Class mail.

Ian Austin said:

“I helped deliver the Christmas Post at the Dudley Sorting Office when I was a student so I know how hard local staff work over Christmas.

“It’s been a tough year for Royal Mail with the government making a botched sell off and failing to defend the universal service guarantee.

“I’m looking forward to being able to thank staff personally for everything they are doing for people in Dudley.”

Local MP thanks posties for first class service

Dudley MP Ian Austin will visit Royal Mail's Dudley delivery office to thank staff for their efforts in delivering Christmas mail.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has launched his campaign for CAMRA’s pubs manifesto by calling for a cut in beer duty.

The manifesto calls for action bring down the cost of a pint, offer a wider range of beer in pubs and give landlords a fair deal on rent.

Austin has pledged his support for the manifesto and has written to the Chancellor George Osborne calling on him to support its call for a cut in beer duty.

The MP is a CAMRA member, and received an award earlier this year for his championing of local pubs and brewers.

Ian Austin said:

“The Black Country is home to some of the best brewers in Britain like Holdens and Fownes, and brilliant pubs like the Courthouse, the Fountain and the Jolly Crispin.

“I’m a CAMRA member and I’ve always worked hard to support their campaigns for local pubs.

“I want all parties to sign up to CAMRA’s manifesto so we can bring down the price of a pint and keep local pubs open.”

Austin launches beer manifesto campaign

Dudley MP Ian Austin has launched his campaign for CAMRA’s pubs manifesto by calling for a cut in beer duty.


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