Simon Jupp cuts his cloth – appealing to his new, older, demographic

Last week we had Simon Jupp the Farmers’ Friend, aimed at Honiton? This week it looks to be Sidmouth’s turn….

‘I’ve spoken to the PM about the state pension and the triple lock’

(Simon is worried about protecting pensioners’ spending power – what about everyone else? – Owl)

Conservative Member of Parliament for East Devon Simon Jupp writes for the Journal.

I know many people have welcomed the news that the state pension will rise in line with inflation this year. There is no value more British than our commitment to protect and honour those who built the country we live in.

I’ve talked to the Prime Minister and Chancellor on how to protect pensioners’ spending power. Restoring the Triple Lock is a big part of doing that. The Triple Lock raises State Pension payments by the highest of inflation, average earnings, or 2.5 percent. It offers vital economic security for many people in East Devon.

The government has acted to ensure that every household is also supported with energy bills, and it’s been confirmed recently that the government will provide another £300 Cost-of-Living Payment for pensioners next winter.

It can be a little tricky to work out what support is out there. Fortunately, most people don’t need to take any action since support is being paid automatically.

But it’s worth being sure. So, if you are receiving the state pension and reading this, I’d warmly encourage you to check two things.

First, please check if you’ve received this winter’s Winter Fuel Payment. It is usually paid automatically in November or December if you’re getting other benefits like the State Pension. Everyone who is eligible should have been paid by 23 January 2023. If you did not receive your payment, you should contact the Winter Fuel Payment Centre through or 0800 731 0160 by 31 March 2023.

Second, please check if you are eligible for Pension Credit. Pension Credit is extra money to bring your weekly income up to a minimum amount. Estimates suggest that up to one million people who may be entitled do not claim the benefit. You can use this online tool to check or call 0800 731 0469. An award of Pension Credit can also act as a gateway to other pensioner benefits, including help with rent and council tax.

It’s only right that those who’ve paid into the tax system all their lives are looked after when they’ve retired.