Elderly people in the park

There’s some good news for pensioners for next year – the state pension ‘triple lock’ will boost pensioner income by 2.5 per cent next April.

What is a triple lock?

The triple lock means annual state pension rises are decided by whatever is the highest of price inflation, average earnings growth or 2.5 per cent.

In the light of September’s headline inflation rate of 0.5 per cent, while wages declined 1 per cent over the summer, this means that third element will apply.

The Government has so far adhered to its popular state pension pledge to older voters.

However, as the working population struggles with wage cuts and rising job losses it is likely to face mounting pressure to abandon the guarantee.

What will happen from April 2021?

From April, pensioners are set to get an increase of £4.40 a week to £179.60 if they receive the full ‘new’ state pension introduced in 2016, or a rise of £3.40 a week to £137.65 if they are on the full ‘old’ basic rate. That’s around £9,300 or £7,200 a year respectively.

Financial experts have already warned a big correction in pay levels after the Covid-19 crisis could mean a massive increase in the state pension in April 2022.

This could provoke even greater opposition to the triple lock if the nation hasn’t yet bounced back from the pandemic. Meanwhile, the outcome of Brexit remains an unknown until we see the shape of future trade deals with the EU and the US. 

The Institute for Fiscal Studies highlights that the latest increase means the basic state pension has risen 41 per cent over the past 11 years, compared to 25 per cent if it had been linked to inflation or 22 per cent to earnings growth.

It estimates the extra cost at £5.6billion if calculated up to the current year, plus a further £3.2billion if the policy remains unchanged by 2024–25.

Seek professional advice

As you can see the state pension does not provide much income and it is vital to evaluate your own retirement aspirations.

Speaking to an independent financial advisor may be beneficial. 

For more information contact Becky Hammonds on: 01782 331158 or 07969 269677 or email becky@willowfs.co.uk.