State pension to rise for millions next year by 10% as triple lock returns, government confirms | The Sun

MILLIONS of people are set for a bumper pay rise next year when the State Pension increases.

Retirees are expected to benefit from rising inflation, which is expected to hit more than 10% this year.

The government has confirmed that the state pension triple lock will return next year.

Treasury secretary Simon Clarke said in a written statement to Parliament this week: "Next year, the triple lock will apply for the state pension.

"Subject to the Secretary of State’s review, pensions and other benefits will be uprated by this September’s CPI which, on current forecasts, is likely to be significantly higher than the forecast inflation rate for 2023/24."

The triple lock means the pension payments will rise in 2023 by whichever is highest: earnings, inflation or 2.5%.

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The state pension could rise by more than 10% as inflation is expected to continue rising this year.

That could boost income for those in retirement by around £1,000 a year.

The triple lock calculation for the annual rise to the old age benefit was temporarily suspended because of the pandemic and was reduced to a double lock.

Wage growth was removed from the uprating because the coronavirus skewed wage data that would have given pensioners a bumper pay day.

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Instead the state pension rates increased by inflation of 3.1% in April, based on last year's inflation figures.

But inflation is currently far higher at 9% leaving pensioners worse off in real terms.

Prices have shot up including food, fuel and energy costs – and the Bank of England predicts inflation could even hit 11% this year.

The new state pension amount is now £185.15 and could rise to over £200 a week in 2023.

If inflation hits 10% as experts predict it could push up state pension payments by an extra £18.52 a week – or £962.78 a year.

But if that figures goes as high as 11% it would go up by £20.37 a week, or £1,059 a year.

A rise would also push up pension credit amounts for the most hard-up pensioners.

The rise will be based on whatever the rate of inflation is in September this year.

But those living off the state pension face a tough wait until the benefit "catches up" to current inflation rates.

The energy price cap increased by 54% in April adding hundreds of pounds to bills ans is set to rise to £3,000 a year this winter, experts have warned.

The government has announced a package of support that will see pensioners get one-off payments worth hundreds of pounds between now and next year's state pension rise.

Millions of pensioners will get a £300 payment in October to help cover the rising cost of heating homes over winter.

Pensioners on the lowest incomes will get a £650 payment along with others on benefits like Universal Credit from July.

And those with disabilities could be eligible for a £150 payment.

Anyone struggling with higher bills or worried about debt can get help.

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