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Government will make sure Scotland's one million pensioners get real help - Nick Clegg

March 8, 2011 2:31 PM
Alison Burns meets Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg with Alison Burns, Liberal Democrat candidate for Dundee City West

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg addressed the Scottish Liberal Democrat conference in Perth on Saturday.

Mr Clegg outlined the changes that Liberal Democrats were making in Government to support pensioners, contrasting this positive action with Labour's record in Government.

In his speech, Mr Clegg said, "Labour's record on pensions is a disgrace.

"The party that claims to stand for the disadvantaged wilfully neglected some our most vulnerable.

"A 75p rise is not help: it's an insult

"This Government will make sure Scotland's one million pensioners get real help.

"Our triple lock system means the state pension will rise in line with earnings, inflation or 2.5% - whichever is the highest.

"This might seem a simple change but let me spell out what it means.

"It means that a person retiring next month on a basic state pension will receive, on average, 15,000 pounds more over the course of their lifetime than they did under Labour.

"This is genuine support for those who truly need it.

"And will ensure that older people receive the respect and dignity they deserve."