Pensioners set to receive above-inflation pension increase

17 Oct, 2018

17 Oct 2018 Today’s publication of the inflation rate for September means that the government now has all the information that it needs to set pension and benefit rates for April 2019.  Under the terms of the pensions ‘triple lock’ policy, the pension has to be increased by the highest of:

–          The growth in earnings, which was 2.7% in August 2018 (based on seasonally adjusted average earnings including bonuses);

–          The growth in prices, measured by the CPI, which is 2.4%;

–          A minimum of 2.5%;

With today’s fall in price inflation, the pension will rise in line with the growth in average earnings (2.7%).   The key figures (rounded to nearest 5p) are:

  2017/18 2018/19
Full ‘new state pension’ £164.35 £168.80
Old ‘basic state pension’ £125.95 £129.35

Pensioners on the old state pension system will see an increase in other elements of their pension, such as the state earnings related pension scheme (SERPS) in line with the increase in the CPI.

The main rate of the Guarantee Credit for the poorest pensioners is linked by law to the growth in average earnings so will also rise by 2.7%.

Commenting, Steve Webb, Director of Policy at Royal London said:

“Whilst the rates of working age benefits have been squeezed for many years, pensioners look set to enjoy another above-inflation increase.   Those receiving the full rate of the new state pension should get an extra £4.45 per week or just over £230 per year”.