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To: Rishi Sunak, UK Prime Minister
Defend the Triple Lock
Triple lock was reinstated!
The government must reinstate the state pension triple lock, which rules that the state pension must rise in line with whichever is highest of inflation, average earnings or 2.5%.
There are currently 2.8 million older households in fuel poverty, including 1.3 million living on lower incomes as at October 2022.
Reinstating the triple lock is crucial for protecting the wellbeing of Unite the Union's retired members and older people more generally.
Why is this important?
On 17 November, the government will announce in its autumn statement whether it will reinstate the state pension triple lock for 2023.
The triple lock rules that the state pension must rise in line with whichever is highest of inflation, average earnings or 2.5%. The Prime Minister has previously refused to commit to reinstating the triple lock.
For 2022, the triple lock was suspended meaning that the state pension rise of 3.1% in April was quickly overtaken by inflation which at that point was already at 11%.
The cost of living crisis is really a cost of greed crisis. Profiteering energy companies are driving up energy bills and driving more people into poverty. Older people spend a larger proportion of their fixed income on energy bills, meaning more of Unite's retired members will be forced into an impossible choice - between heating or eating.
We are calling on the Prime Minister to do the right thing by our retired members and reinstate the triple lock.
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