Sturgeon makes special case on state pensionable age in Scotland.

Nicola Sturgeon has pledged the SNP to “protect the interests” of Scottish pensioners at Westminster.

The first minister said the Nationalists will demand no further rises in the state pension age while life expectancy in Scotland lags behind the rest of the UK.

She also vowed the SNP will oppose any attempt to end the winter fuel allowance and press for a retention of the triple lock that ensures the state pension increases in line with earnings, prices or 2.5%, whichever is higher.

At the start of the second week of general election campaigning, Ms Sturgeon re-iterated her referendum pledge for a single-tier pension of at least £160 to lift pensioners out of means tested benefits.

“The Tory/Lib Dem government’s plan to further increase the state pension age is a worry to people across the UK who are planning for their future, but the failure to take Scotland’s specific circumstances into account is particularly unfair,” she said.

“Our comparatively low life expectancy rate is an issue which I will do everything in my power to change but in the meantime it would be completely unacceptable for people in Scotland who have paid in to a state pension all of their lives to lose out.

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  1. Pension60

    HAVE EVERY INTENTION OF CHANGING MY PETITION HEADING
    TO INCLUDE SNP MS STURGEON IF SNP WIN ITS PREDICTED 48 TO 50 SEATS OUT OF 59

    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now

    The flat rate state pension will hit all those men and women who have a state pension pay out age on and from 6 April 2016.

    The changes meaning LESS NOT MORE state pension and
    even NIL STATE PENSION FOR LIFE.

    See end of my petition, to see why, in my WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT section, at:
    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now

    The current state pension, with 30 years NI history, is £113.10 plus Pension Credit.

    Some people are getting official government forecasts of as little as £38 per week with no tops after 45 years in work.

    The SERPs opt out (explained in my petition) will hit hard, meaning many will get nil state pension.

    Housewives, widows and divorcees fall out of the state pension system, as do the lowest waged.

    Please share my petition by word of mouth and for the silversurfers, on your Twitter and Facebook pages. Thanks.
    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now

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