State Pension Triple Lock — 8 Nov 2022 at 15:50

That this House calls on the Government to commit to maintaining the state pension triple lock in financial year 2023-24 as promised in the Conservative and Unionist Party manifesto 2019.
“We believed that with the triple lock in place, our state pension would keep pace with wages and inflation…This government cynically dismantled the triple lock and threw state pensioners under the bus”.
“I am in tears of frustration and anger…Not all pensioners are well off. I for one am really struggling”.
“How can a responsible government minister welch on a promise?”
“I can reassure the House that next year…benefits will be uprated by this September’s consumer prices index”.
“the triple lock will apply to the state pension.”-[Official Report, 26 May 2022; Vol. 715, c. 452.]
“The triple lock will, I confirm, be applied in the usual way for the rest of the Parliament.”-[Official Report, 15 November 2021; Vol. 703, c. 372.]
“be applied…for the rest of the Parliament”.
“I am again happy to put on record that the triple lock will be honoured in the future.”-[Official Report, 21 March 2022; Vol. 711, c. 99.]
“one of those areas where the Government is going to have to think again.”
“We will protect the Triple Lock”.
“Short-changing pensioners during a cost of living crisis should be unthinkable...Snatching protection away this year could be the biggest betrayal pensioners have ever known.”
“With more than 2 million pensioners already living in poverty and the cost-of-living crisis hitting hard, we know people are being forced to make impossible choices on how to cut back to be able to afford heating, electricity and food”.
“Our UK welfare state offers better protection for pensioners, disabled and the unemployed”,
“I am careful now about the electricity and try to use the microwave instead of the oven. I haven’t put the heating on because I am frightened of the cost.”
“I believe that a wealthy and civilised country should offer older people dignity in retirement.”
“We will go hungry and cold, and this is what we get for working from 15 years old and paying into the system.”
“We either live in warm homes and struggle to feed ourselves…or turn off the heating.”
“I will unite our country, not with words, but with action…This government will have integrity, professionalism and accountability at every level. Trust is earned. And I will earn yours.”
“the mandate my party earned in 2019 is not the sole property of any one individual, it is a mandate that belongs to and unites all of us.”
“And the heart of that mandate is our manifesto.”
“We will keep the triple lock, the winter fuel payment, the older person’s bus pass and other pensioner benefits”.
“upholding our commitment to the country’s pensioners”.-[Official Report, 9 February 2021; Vol. 689, c. 186.]
“My wife is 80 and disabled and I am 81 and act as her full-time carer. We receive our bills for both gas and electricity on a monthly basis and the last 2 months have seen them triple-fold…keep in mind that these were summer-time readings. God only knows how we are to fare as things continue in this manner. Once again I plead with you to help in whatever way you can to save the Triple Lock.”
“How are we to survive without being able to depend on our Government to do the right thing by us?”
“We need you to protect the triple lock for our wellbeing.”
“focus resources on the poorest pensioners.”-[Official Report, 8 December 2010; Vol. 520, c. 310.]
“a more appropriate, consistent and stable basis that is fair to individuals and the taxpayer.”-[Official Report, 8 December 2010; Vol. 520, c. 311.]
“As a full time family carer since 1991, having given up a good career to care, and with my caring responsibilities becoming more and more difficult, I am myself disabled and a pensioner, and am finding less and less help available. With the cost of living going up and the threat of our pensions going down in real terms, I am worried for our future.”
“I am 77 years old…It is important to me that the government keep their promise of protecting the pension triple lock. Times are difficult for me at present and I shudder to think what it would be like if this promise was not kept. With old age comes the worsening of my asthma, arthritis, diabetes and lack of mobility, in these ailments I am no different from the thousands of pensioners in the U.K. How would I be able to keep my head above water with the ever increasing energy and food bills. Life is tough for us pensioners at present, please do not make it worse by allowing the government not to keep its promise.”
“I am afraid in these dire times. My outgoings are exceeding my incomings. It is getting worse daily and utility bills are rising again. The future looks very bleak. No one mentions the pensioners. It seems we are being brushed under the carpet”-
“can and will apply the triple lock as usual from next year for the remainder of this Parliament, in line with our manifesto commitment.” -[Official Report, 7 September 2021; Vol. 700, c. 185.]
“It’s hard to imagine where it will all end.”
“petrified to put the heating on and the hot water is only put on once a day for a short period.”

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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

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What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Aye)Minority (No)BothTurnout
Alliance1 00100.0%
Con1 000.3%
DUP7 0087.5%
Green1 00100.0%
Independent5 0055.6%
Lab152 (+2 tell) 0 (+2 tell)078.8%
LDem12 0085.7%
PC3 00100.0%
SDLP2 00100.0%
SNP34 0075.6%
Total:218 0034.7%

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Lilian GreenwoodNottingham SouthLab (minister)tellno
Mark TamiAlyn and DeesideLab (minister)tellno

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