Scotland’s election battle turns to pensions

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson who gave pension pledge

Financial planning in association with Scottish Widows bannerScottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has given a cast-iron guarantee to her party that pensions will rise every year

Asserting that people who have contributed to pension schemes all their lives deserve to be protected in old age, she said: “We have introduced a triple lock so that pensions will rise by inflation or 2.5 per cent – whatever is the highest. This has seen the pension rise by £800 since 2010-11.”

Campaigning in Edinburgh, Davidson also pledged to increase the minimum wage to £8.70 by 2020, back plans to create 100,000 affordable homes across the UK and oppose disability support cuts.

She added: “Labour will tax you more, borrow more and spend more – and all pensioners would pay the price. The SNP is pulling a con trick on pensioners. It claims it wants to protect pensions and yet its plan for full fiscal autonomy would end the UK state pension overnight.”

Elsewhere on the Scottish campaign trail, Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon asserted that “it has become crystal clear that the only party offering a positive vision for Scotland is the SNP”, while Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy, campaigning with shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint, blamed unacceptable poverty levels on “five years of Tory austerity and eight years of an SNP government in Edinburgh pre-occupied with the constitution”.

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