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Pensioners to get income boost thanks to inflation


If you’re covering today’s inflation numbers, please see the following comment from Ian Browne, retirement planning expert at Old Mutual Wealth

Ian Browne“September’s inflation of 3% is solid news for pensioners as it sets the rate for the 2018/19 tax year. The new inflation rate will see the flat-rate state pension rise by £4.78 a week. Although a modest increase, in an environment where pay growth lags inflation pensioner incomes will keep pace with prices while the working age population feel the squeeze.

“The pension triple-lock - which the Conservatives were forced to retain as part of their power-broking agreement with the DUP - ‘locks-in’  a minimum 2.5% annual increase to the state pension. But the triple-layered protection means the state pension rises in line with inflation or wages if either of those are higher than 2.5%.

“The cost of the state pension is over £100bn a year and the triple-lock means that cost is set to increase over the long-term. It is estimated it will cost around 6% of GDP by 2050, according to Pensions Policy Institute research. The Conservatives had promised to remove the 2.5% minimum and retain a ‘double-lock’ of inflation and earnings.

“Interestingly, keeping the triple-lock is actually fairly painless in the short-term while inflation is above 2.5%, since the double-lock would still see retirement incomes rise above the minimum.

“Removing the guaranteed 2.5% minimum increase would be cheaper over the longer-term, since it removes the ratchet effect when pay and inflation are low. In a Budget that is expected to favour the young, scrapping the triple-lock seems logical. But as the cost-saving is only felt in decades to come it is a tough policy for any Chancellor to ditch.”

For more information contact

Michael GlenisterOld Mutual Wealth020 7778 963807469
Kathleen GallagherOld Mutual Wealth023 8072 629307990

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