The newspapers have been predicting that George Osborne is expected to raise the pension age to 69 in his Autumn statement today. The cut he made last year to the incomes of some of the poorest pensioners however has gone almost unnoticed by the press.
Last year Osborne pegged benefit rises at 1% for the next two years no matter what happens to inflation. This measure included Local Housing Allowance, the benefit paid to those on low incomes in to provide help with rent payments. Pensioners are also eligible for this benefit, and the latest DWP statistics show that over 210,000 private sector tenants over 65 depend on this support.
Almost no-one seems to have noticed that this means that Osborne’s changes will hit pensioners despite government lies they would be protected from the cut. Over 200,000 of the UK’s poorest pensioners will now see incomes shrink as the money…
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