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State Retirement Pensions

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans her Department has for future increases in the level of the state pension. (296783)

We have given a commitment to increase the basic state pension by 2.5 per cent. or the level of the September Retail Prices Index, whichever is higher.

We are committed to introduce earnings uprating of the basic state pension in 2012-13, subject to affordability and the fiscal position, or in any event by the end of the next Parliament at the latest.

The Government would inform Parliament of proposed benefit levels and tax thresholds for 2010-11 at the pre-Budget report.