I am fighting for decent basic state pension rises every year, having already secured the biggest ever increase in the state pension and a cap on elderly care costs.

Pensions have been increased by £800-a-year thanks to the new 'triple-lock' rule. This means that over the course of a retirement, the average pensioner will take £12,000 more. I, also, want state pensions to be raised to around £144. 

Pensioners deserve to be given a fairer deal. Which is why elderly care costs will no longer be able to spiral wildly out of control. I fought for a cap on such costs, and that will start in 2016.



Photo by: Garry Knight, "Elderly couple wait to cross the road", Flickr

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