Former work and pensions secretary Damian Green defends pensions triple lock suspension

Damian Green said after this "exceptional" year the Conservative Party will want to "stick to the commitment" of returning to a triple lock

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Former Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green claimed that "most people will understand" suspending the triple lock on pensions for one year, after the "unique situation" of the pandemic driving wages "all over the place".

He added that after this "exceptional" year the Conservative Party will want to "stick to the commitment" of returning to a triple lock.

Responding to points raised by those that want to see a much larger hike in pensions than 2.5% this year as the British state pension is lower than the European average, Green said that comparing British and European state pensions is "misleading", because "we tend to have a much wider spread of private pension saving than in most other countries."