Chancellor retains State Pension triple lock – Nick Wilson – MINI BLOG

March 30, 2023 1:05 pm

If you’re currently receiving or have been looking into the State Pension, then you’ve probably heard of the ‘triple lock’.  But what is it?

The triple lock was introduced in 2010, with the purpose of ensuring that the State Pension doesn’t lose value over time, protecting pensions against the impact of inflation.

In the 2022 Autumn Statement, the Chancellor confirmed that the triple lock will be reinstated from 6 April 2023.  This means the State Pension will rise in line with last September’s inflation rate – 10.1% – in the 2023/24 tax year.  Anyone receiving the State Pension will benefit from the triple lock.

To make the guarantee even more secure, it included three separate measures of inflation, hence ‘triple lock’.  The three-way guarantee was that each year, the State Pension would increase by the greatest of the following three measures: average earnings; prices, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) and 2.5%.  The government usually compares the three rates in September, before implementing the correct rise the following April.

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