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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