Britain’s opposition Labour Party has committed to keeping for at least five years the so-called triple lock that guarantees rises to state pensions, if it wins the election, underscoring the importance of pensioners to the outcome of the vote.

Labour have held an around 20-point lead in opinion polls over Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party for the last nine months, but the one area where they tend to struggle is with voters over 65 years old.

Labour leader Keir Starmer told the Daily Express newspaper that pensioners needed certainty, and he would commit to retain the policy of increasing publicly funded pensions by the level of earnings, inflation or 2.5%, whichever is highest.

“That’s why I’m guaranteeing the pensions triple lock will be in the Labour manifesto and protected for the duration of the next parliament,” he said on Sunday.

Labour leader Keir Starmer told the Daily Express newspaper that pensioners needed certainty, and he would commit to retain the policy of increasing publicly funded pensions by the level of earnings, inflation or 2.5%, whichever is highest.

“That’s why I’m guaranteeing the pensions triple lock will be in the Labour manifesto and protected for the duration of the next parliament,” he said on Sunday.

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