Delyn MP David Hanson today welcomed the Budget’s support for pensioners.
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David Hanson said:
“I’m proud that Labour supported pensioners through the recovery, getting help to those who needed it when they needed it most.
“Now, as we come out of recession, it’s vital that we carry on helping pensioners in Delyn. So I’m particularly pleased that the Chancellor announced that this year, pensioners will receive the additional payment alongside the Winter Fuel Payment – just like last year.
“This additional payment is worth £100 to households with someone over 80 and £50 to households with someone aged over female state pension age.
“This is on top of the Winter Fuel Allowance, worth £300 to households with someone over 80, and £200 to households with someone aged over female state pension age.
“I’m also pleased that the Budget increases the basic state pension by 2.5% from April 2010. That’s £97.65 a week for single pensioners and £156.15 for couples. Overall, the average state pension rises by 2%, more than average earnings.
“And from April 2011, we’re also making the Working Tax Credit available to people over 60 who work at least 16 hours a week, rather than 30 hours as currently. This is a real boost to people who want to carry on working.
David Hanson added:
“I want every single pensioner in Delyn to know about the various benefits they’re entitled to from the Government. They’ve earned the support they get.
“If any pensioners or their families want more details on how the Budget helps them, or if they want more details about the benefits they’re entitled to, they should get in touch with my office.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
- The Budget announced further support for pensioners:
- Additional pensioner payment alongside the Winter Fuel Payment in winter 2010-11. This additional payment is worth £100 to households with someone over 80 and £50 to households with someone aged over female state pension age.
- Government also remains open to considering proposals for further simplification to the tax rules, following the announcement in Budget 2008 that enabled small occupational pension pots to be taken as a lump sum
- From April 2011 the Working Tax Credit will be available to people over 60 who work at least 16 hours a week, rather than 30 hours as currently.
- The Pre-Budget Report 2009 announced that from April 2010:
- The basic State pension would rise by 2.5%
- The additional State Pension would be maintained in cash terms
- There will be an above-earnings increase in Pension Credit. The standard minimum income guarantee increases by £2.60 to £132.60 a week for single pensioners and by £3.95 to £202.40 for couples.
- Age-related allowances would be maintained at their current levels in 2010-11