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John Barrett Launches New Fair Deal for Pensioners Campaign

Liberal Democrat MPs, including John Barrett, have published major new plans to boost the state pension by £100 a month for pensioners over 75. The move would lift over 1 million of our poorest pensioners out of means testing overnight.
The move comes after new figures showed the Government's means tested Pension Credit, introduced last year, has failed to help thousands of poorer pensioners.  Barely half of eligible pensioners inEdinburghhave signed up for Pension Credit after many pensioners complained they found applying for the benefit both complicated and degrading. 
Edinburgh West Lib Dem MP, John Barrett, has been championing the cause of local pensioners in Parliament.  He said, “Despite all the Government's promotions and all their advertising, the take-up of Pension Credit inEdinburghand throughout theUKis still abysmal.  Thousands of local pensioners are still not getting the extra financial help the need and deserve.
“The Government has to realise their obsession with means testing pensioners has failed on a massive scale.  The only guaranteed way of getting more money to the poorest pensioners is increasing the wholly inadequate state pension.  Since the poorest pensioners tend to be the oldest, Liberal Democrats want to boost the state pension for those over 75 by £100 a month and link rises to earnings.”
As part of his campaign for a fairer deal for local pensioners, John Barrett has launched a major new petition campaign.  You can show your support for the campaign by signing the online petition.

Pensions Petition

To: Gordon Brown
I the undersigned believe the means testing of pensioners through the Pension Credit is insulting and degrading and call on the Government to give pensioners a fairer deal through a substantial increase in the state pension.

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Further information

News items

Barrett calls for action on Equitable Life injustice, 12 May 2009
Christmas comes late for over 6,500 Edinburgh pensioners, 18 March 2009
Barrett calls for ‘fair deal’ for pensioners, 28 October 2008
Barrett issues fuel poverty warning - 80% of single pensioners will suffer, 16 October 2008
Barrett calls for Government action to help pensioners hit by inflation pinch, 09 October 2008
Barrett seeks Treasury assurances for Edinburgh victims of Equitable Life, 08 October 2008
Government windfall at expense of pensioners, 24 September 2008
Benefit changes penalise vulnerable pensioners, 20 August 2008
Cheque payments for pensions and benefits must continue, 15 July 2008
Barrett calls for immediate restoration of earnings link to pensions, 05 June 2008
Barrett welcomes pensions U-turn, 17 December 2007
Means-testing will undermine pensions reform, 05 December 2007
Barrett calls for an end to pensions injustice, 17 July 2007
£1 million worth of digital charges to hit city pensioners and disabled, 20 June 2007
Barrett urges pensioners to claim benefits, 13 June 2007
Pension credit failing Scotland’s pensioners, 29 March 2007
Barrett calls for fairer, greener budget from Brown , 20 March 2007
Barrett backs pensioners’ victory, 21 February 2007
42% of eligible pensioners still missing out on pension credit, 01 February 2007
50,000 Edinburgh residents entitled to digital TV support, 25 January 2007
European ruling gives hope for pensions compensation, 25 January 2007
Pensions’ system in desperate need of reform, 16 January 2007
Barrett calls for united front against post office closures, 10 January 2007
Barrett calls for helping hand to ward off winter chill, 18 December 2006
Pensions white paper unlikely to provide a long-term settlement for pensions, 25 May 2006
Missed pensions credit target underlines need for fundamental pensions reform, 11 May 2006
Barrett launches major new Post Office campaign, 07 April 2006
Barrett demands debate after Labour let down 20,000 Edinburgh Post Office users, 28 February 2006
Barrett attacks Government over latest Post Office let-down, 15 February 2006
Second CSA review in a year is beyond absurd, 09 February 2006
Pensioners paying £4,680 million too much council tax under Labour, 01 February 2006
Disabled should get winter fuel payments, 03 January 2006
Barrett welcomes 11th hour climbdown on tax-breaks for second homes, 05 December 2005
Over 10,000 women across Edinburgh to lose out on £200 council tax repayments, 07 November 2005
Over a quarter of pensioners across Edinburgh missing out on pension credit, 31 October 2005
Government failing to prevent pensions crisis – Barrett, 25 October 2005

Speeches and articles

State Pension and Benefits, 28 October 2008
Pensioner Poverty , 17 November 2004

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