The National Pensioners Convention has called for “a universal state pension for everybody”. Speaking to Express.co.uk, General Secretary Jan Shortt added that the triple lock should remain to in order to give Britons on the old scheme a “significant increase”. The full new State Pension is currently £175.20 per week while the basic State Pension is £134.25 per week.
Ms Shortt told Express.co.uk: “Our policy in the NPC is that there should be a universal state pension for everybody.
“Some people would call it a ‘citizen’s pension’.
“So our policy for a universal state pension for everybody would be set at 70 percent of the National Living Wage.
“This would be plus the triple lock, which, at today’s money, would bring you £232 a week.”
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She continued: “That’s a significant increase for people like myself on the old state pension.
“With the spending review in January what we’ll be looking at is what campaign we might do.
“We were told by our national council last week that we needed to concentrate on the triple lock.
“It was always due to be reviewed in 2022.”
Despite the benefit being abolished this year, the NPC is still making a case for reinstatement of free TV licences for all over 75s.
Ms Shortt commented: “The meeting with the BBC was robust on both sides – there are still approximately 1.4 million over 75s who have not paid their licence, because they are perhaps financially struggling to do so. However, we welcome the BBC’s willingness to continue a dialogue with us, particularly on the poverty, isolation and loneliness faced by so many older people.
“The NPC has always believed the free TV licence is part of a wider package of universal entitlements and concessions for older people that should be the responsibility of the government and not the BBC.
“As part of new campaign to save all concessions for older people – from the free bus pass to the heating allowance, as well as the need to raise the pension credit threshold – the NPC will now be writing to the government and all MPs as a matter of urgency.
“In the meantime, we look forward to meeting with BBC on major issues of deep concern to both organisations.”