VICTORIA BISCHOFF: Government Should Not Break Its Triple Lock Promise

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For all the stories that generate massive postbags here at Cash Mail, one that causes essentially the most anxiety is changes to our pensions. So it came as no surprise to me to discover our letters department had been inundated with emails from furious pensioners following news last week that the state pension triple lock may be below risk (once more). Chancellor Rishi Sunak is anxious that a freak rise in common wage development caused by the pandemic may see pensioners profit from an eight per cent rise - costing the Treasury an extra £3 billion a 12 months. And he hinted that this year’s increase may very well be reviewed to make sure it's fair to taxpayers who foot the invoice, notably these younger staff who've suffered severe hardship over the previous 18 months. There is little doubt that some wealthier pensioners, who've benefited from gold-plated pensions and soaring house costs, don't want this additional increase. Palms off our state pensions! Why some graduates are begging to get again within the office! But there are also millions - a lot of whom are women - who're surviving solely on one among the bottom state pensions within the developed world. And, as our readers have been fast to point out, they're already struggling to make ends meet, with the return of higher inflation pushing up the price of essentials corresponding to meals and heating. It is not the primary time the triple lock has come under attack. However the government can't backtrack on a flagship manifesto pledge just because the numbers not work in its favour. Making any changes with out an intensive evaluation of an already advanced pensions system as a whole can be unforgivable - and judging by your letters, show disastrous at the polls. Youthful staff also needs to bear in mind that, as generous because it sounds, an eight per cent rise would assist boost everyone’s retirement incomes. So supporting calls to chip away at the triple lock now will solely hurt their future selves. Last month, I cynically suggested insurers may already be dreaming up ways to sidestep new guidelines to finish the loyalty penalty. Hark at me, all the time assuming the worst. But earlier than I had time to really feel a morsel of regret, information broke that Lloyds Banking Group’s insurance coverage arm had been hit with a near-record £90 million positive for mis-main loyal prospects into pondering they have been getting a better deal than they were. Over eight years, the insurance coverage big sent out 9 million letters claiming quotes were aggressive, when it knew full effectively policyholders would get a far cheaper price as a new customer. How on earth are we speculated to trust these greedy corporations to do the best thing? It is welcome information that plans to bring in a loss of life tax that would hit 1000's of grieving families in England and Wales, with payments of as much as £6,000, have been changed with a flat probate charge of £273. But given the appalling delays over the previous two years, the increase continues to be unlikely to go down nicely. As we report, the agency liable for uploading wills onto a digital system is continuous to cause mayhem - and hasn’t even bothered to reply to our requests for remark. To avoid a backlash, the federal government must examine and urgently enhance its service. Last week I requested on your ideas on tipping, and was delighted to obtain so many emails. You clearly are a very generous bunch. But it surely was worrying to hear so many tales of hospitality bosses taking a chunk of their staff’s onerous-earned suggestions. One Cash Mail reader said her daughter would get into bother if she did not encourage clients so as to add gratuities to bank card bills so the restaurant may take a 50 per cent reduce. One other reader knew of a firm in Liverpool that retained 15 per cent of any tip from a card payment, and 10 per cent of all cash tips. It’s why so a lot of you said you at all times check the server receives any tip, and leave money if possible. While many venues are still refusing to take cash over Covid considerations, you can bet your backside dollar ready workers can be very happy to accept it.