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Iain Duncan Smith’s plan to raise the age at which people may claim state pension above the age at which many people may expect to die is evil enough.

It strips people of even the hope of receiving the pensions they have funded for their entire working lives.

But it becomes even worse when you realise that the Conservative government has already put UK pensioners in the worst poverty of any country in western Europe:

The SNP has warned the Tory government against a “callous assault” on UK pension policy by increasing the state pension age, which they say would have dire and disproportionate consequences across the UK.

Pension Reforms and Old Age Inequalities in Europe in a new report … found the proportion of elderly people living in severe poverty in the UK is five times what it was in 1986 – the largest increase among western European countries.

The SNP’s Westminster Pensions spokesperson, Mhairi Black MP, said: “The Tory’s government’s approach to the UK’s elderly population and state pension policy has been cruel and callous, and has punished the UK’s elderly population.

“From the burning injustices facing the WASPI women who have been denied the right to their state pension, to the stripping away of pension credit for the over 75s, this government’s attitude towards its older people is shameful.”

That is simply diabolical.

In contrast, perhaps you should bear the following in mind:

Labour’s election manifesto rejects increases in the state pension age above the age of 66.

That was Labour’s manifesto position in 2017 and it hasn’t changed.

That’s worth remembering, next time an election is called.

Source: UK pensioners ‘suffering the worst poverty rate in western Europe’

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