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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.

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.

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

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