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[Name of MP]
House of Commons
Dear [Name of MP] [Date..]
Indexation of Pensions and Benefits
I am writing to you as one of your constituents and as a member of the Prospect trade union.
In July 2010, the government announced that, from this April, it would use the Consumer Prices Index for the future indexation of public sector pensions and many benefits.
There will be a vote in the House of Commons on 17th February on motions relating to the draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2011 and the draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2011. This vote will be the first opportunity MPs have of voting on the announcement made last July.
I have drafted a letter to go to my MP etc., and variations will go to others like Ian Livingstone et al., and as a possible model, addressing the BTPS, that others may find useful. I'd be grateful for comments etc., and if there's anything you would take out, add, or correct. It is tailored and reflects my position, but should be capable of being adapted by others for their use.
The impact of the change from RPI to CPI on Pensioners
I’m writing to you as a member of the BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) – albeit deferred as when I left BT nearly 13 years ago the pension was retained in the Scheme to be paid from age 60.
Dear [MP’s name]
House of Commons
As a member of the [Name of scheme] Pension Scheme, I am writing to draw your attention to the impact that the changes to index linking announced in the recent Budget will have on the income of many pensioners, including myself.
Before the election, there was a great deal of speculation about the future of public sector pensions and the CSPA (Civil Service Pension Alliance]) sought clarification on index linking and accrued rights from each of the main political parties. All of the parties gave their assurances that index linking was protected.
In a letter dated 27 April 2010, Philip Hammond MP, the then Conservative Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said: “Indexation of pensions in payment is an established part of pensions legislation. The Conservative Party has no plans to change the current index-linking of public sector pensions in payment. We agree with the view that the right to indexation of pensions already accrued is part of the accrued pension rights and those rights will be protected.”