Pension rise for 24,000 Borderers

When the basic state pension rises by at least £2.85 a week next April 23,900 pensioners in the Borders will benefit from an increase in their pension.

It will bring the state pension to at least £115.95 and means pensioners on the full basic state pension are £950 a year better off than they were under Labour.

Local Lib Dem MP Michael Moore said: “Helping pensioners in the Borders is a key priority for me and for the Liberal Democrats. People remember that the Conservatives broke the link between pension increases and earnings. And they will not forget Labour’s insulting 75p rise, either.

“We have ensured that pensioners in the Borders are never again subjected to the indignity of the 75p rise or left behind when the earnings of other people are increasing.

“Remaining part of the UK also means Scots pensioners will continue to enjoy a secure and fair pension.”