Liberal Democrat Pensions Minister Steve Webb visited Bath on Sunday to talk to residents about how pension changes made by this Government effect them.
Prospective MP, Steve Bradley, was responsible for inviting the Minister to the city and introducing him to older constituents.
Steve Bradley said: ‘It was a great to see people engaging with national politics on such a personal level. When it’s something as tangible and important as pensions, it doesn’t surprise me that lots of people were interested and had questions.”
The Government’s pension reforms, which the Liberal Democrats have played an integral part in, have led to the biggest rise in the state pension for almost 30 years.
Steve Webb commented: “I really enjoyed speaking to residents of this fantastic city about the pension reforms. This Government has made some big changes to how pensions work and delivered a fair deal for today’s pensioners, while protecting tomorrow’s pensioners too by making it easier for people to save for retirement.”
9 million people have been guaranteed an automatic workplace pension that both Government and employers pay into, giving workers the confidence to save.
Overall, the state pension has risen by £800 a year compared to 2010, and the Lib Dems have introduced a “triple lock”, which ensures the state pension always rise with inflation, earnings or 2.5% – whichever is highest.
Steve Bradley concluded: “One questioner was concerned that the triple lock could be removed by the next Government – and it is a fair concern.
“Liberal Democrats in the next parliament would ensure that the triple lock stays in place, to protect pensions for the future.”