Sneaky cut in pension credit

Submitted by Matthew on 22 June, 2011 - 11:46

This government has not only betrayed existing pensioners with this new pension scheme, it’s about to hit some pensioner couples who are also receiving Pension Credit, if an amendment in the Welfare Reform Bill goes through parliament in its present form.

“Welfare Reform Bill Explanatory Notes:

Page 22 145. Paragraph 64 amends the State Pension Credit Act 2002 so that a member of a couple who has attained the qualifying age for state pension credit may not receive state pension credit if the other member of the couple has not attained that qualifying age. This is to ensure that all claimants who have not attained the qualifying age for state pension credit are required to claim universal credit and, if appropriate, be subject to work-related conditions of entitlement. Single people will still be able to claim Pension Credit when they reach qualifying age.”

At the moment I receive Pension Credit, but it looks as though this will change soon as my wife is ten years younger than myself. With her retirement age going up, we will not qualify again until I am 76. This makes for a poverty stricken retirement. Thanks a lot, Cameron!

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