32,472 Calderdale pensioners get a rise thanks to Liberal Democrats

The basic state pensions will rise by at least £2.85 a week thanks to the Liberal Democrats triple lock. It means 32,472 pensioners in Calderdale will benefit from an increase in their pension.

This rise will bring the level of the state pension to at least £115.95 and will benefit millions of pensioners across the UK. This is £18.30 more, each week, than in 2010 when the Liberal Democrats entered coalition. This means pensioners on the full basic state pension are £950 a year better off than they were under Labour.

The triple lock delivers a pension rise of whichever is the greater of average earnings, inflation or 2.5%, meaning pensioners across Calderdale will see more money in their pockets.

The Liberal Democrats campaigned for it in opposition, have delivered it in Government and have pledged to write it into law in the next Parliament.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat Pensions Minister Steve Webb said:

“This is fantastic news and proof that the Liberal Democrats are delivering in government.

“Thanks to the triple lock commitment in our manifesto pensioners across the country have benefited from a substantial income boost this parliament.

“I am proud of this record of delivery and that we are the only party with a 2015 manifesto promise to write the triple lock into law.”

Commenting further, Alisdair Calder McGregor said:

“Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy and a fairer society, and that means treating pensioners with the respect that they deserve.

“The triple lock ensures that pensioners are guaranteed the security of a steady rise in their pensions, allowing them to plan for their future and giving them dignity in their retirement.

“We have ensured that pensioners in Calderdale are never again subjected to the indignity of the 75p rise they saw under Labour.”

More and more people in Calderdale are joining the Liberal Democrats.

Nationally, 2000 new members signed up to join the Liberal Democrats in the final quarter of 2013. Calderdale was among those local parties which grew – we’re on target to become one of the largest LibbDem local parties in the country.

In a time when membership of political parties is on the wane, with both Labour and Conservatives losing membership in every quarter since the general election, the turnaround in membership for the Liberal Democrats is a startling sign of a great shift in politics.

So why be a Liberal Democrat?

The Liberal Democrats are the only party who give believe in ordinary people having direct national political power. We believe, passionately and whole-heartedly, in participatory democracy.

Democracy, for the Liberal Democrats, is not just a matter of voting at a general election and then putting up with the results for 5 years. True political participation requires continual engagement in actual policy issues.

The Liberal Democrats take policy ideas from ordinary people and put them into practice in national government. Our policy on raising the personal income tax threshold was first suggested by an ordinary member and has become a flagship policy which has saved ordinary people like her £700 per year thanks to the Liberal Democrats in government.

Another policy written into law just this year thanks to the Liberal Democrats comes with a “Made in Calderdale” stamp on it. Pushed for by Jennie Rigg of Brighouse, Shared Parental Leave means that parents can now share the leave period after the birth of their child, allowing much more flexibility in parents’ lives and the mother’s return to work. This is a great example of our members helping to build a fairer society.

All in all, the reason that the Liberal Democrats have seen a resurgence of membership is because the Liberal Democrats, alone among the Parties, give their members a real voice in how the country is run.

Care to join us? We look forward to hearing from you.

Alisdair Calder McGregor – PPC for Calder Valley

Check your pay slip

Today is pay day for millions of people across Britain, which means they will receive their first pay slip since the Income Tax personal allowance was raised from £8,105 to£9,440. When Liberal Democrats came into power in 2010 this was just £6,475.

 Raising the tax-free allowance is the Liberal Democrats’ flagship policy and has so far seen Income Tax bills slashed by £600 a year for millions of low and middle income workers compared to what they were paying under Labour. As a result, more than 2m people on low pay have been lifted out of paying Income Tax altogether.

 The tax-free allowance will rise again next year to £10,000, fulfilling a commitment from the front page of the Liberal Democrats’ 2010 General Election manifesto and resulting in a total tax cut of £700.

 Commenting, Councillor James Baker said:

“If you get paid today, take a moment to compare your pay slip to last month’s. You’ll see that Liberal Democrats have cut your taxes.

In total over 79,000 people living in Calderdale have received a tax cut, this is the biggest programme of tax cuts for working people for a generation. This tax cut  means an extra £40 million has been kept in the pockets of residents to be spent in our local economy.