Restoration of the Value of the State Pension

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2004 National Delegate Conference
27 February 2004
Carried as Amended

Conference notes the introduction of the pensioner credits scheme and notes that more than one million pensioners have not made application for such credits. The low take-up rate of these means-tested benefits was thoroughly predictable

Conference believes that restoration of the state pension scheme to its former monetary value is the proper way forward and would obviate the need for pension credits, minimum income guarantees for pensioners or any other means-tested scheme put forward by the government.

Conference therefore instructs the National Executive Council to step up its campaign for the restoration of purchasing power of the state pension and the reintroduction of the earnings links in relation to future annual increases in line with the firmly established policy of this union, the Trades Union Congress and the Labour Party conference.