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CHANGES TO PENSION CREDIT ELIGIBILITY

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1982: tabled on 17 January 2019

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 31 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House is deeply concerned by the proposed changes to eligibility for pension credit; notes that from 15 May 2019 new pensioners whose partners are younger than the state retirement age of 65 will no longer be able to claim a means-tested top-up called pension credit but instead will be forced to claim the much less generous universal credit alongside their younger partners; is alarmed that this amounts to a potential loss of up to £7,320 per year; agrees with Age UK that those changes comprise a “substantial wealth cut” which could have a devastating effect on the health and well-being of some older people and increase the number of pensioners in poverty; is mindful of the fact that this change will mean yet another financial blow to women born in the 1950s who have already had their state pension age delayed with little or no notice; further notes that the average age gap for mixed-age couples is 2.6 years, meaning the cash loss incurred before the younger partner becomes eligible to claim pension credit could be up to £19,000; recognises that where the age gap is greater, the potential loss will be more; and urges the Government to reconsider these changes, which will serve only to increase the number of pensioners in poverty.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 January 2019
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Cowan, Ronnie
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 January 2019
Inverclyde
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 22 January 2019
Strangford
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 January 2019
Glasgow South
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 22 January 2019
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 22 January 2019
Ceredigion
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 January 2019
Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Hopkins, Kelvin
Independent
Signed on 23 January 2019
Luton North
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 January 2019
Glasgow Central
Hill, Mike
Labour
Signed on 23 January 2019
Hartlepool
Doughty, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 23 January 2019
Cardiff South and Penarth
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 January 2019
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Gethins, Stephen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 January 2019
North East Fife
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2019
Glasgow North West
Linden, David
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2019
Glasgow East
Docherty-Hughes, Martin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2019
West Dunbartonshire
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 28 January 2019
Brighton, Pavilion
Gaffney, Hugh
Labour
Signed on 30 January 2019
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
George, Ruth
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2019
High Peak
Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
Signed on 31 January 2019
Livingston
Wishart, Pete
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 February 2019
Perth and North Perthshire
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 February 2019
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 February 2019
Dunfermline and West Fife
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 5 March 2019
Motherwell and Wishaw

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.