Thank you for contacting me about the State Pension.
Every year, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is required by law to review whether benefits have kept pace with inflation or earnings increases. Over the last two years, the pandemic has caused a statistical anomaly in average earnings.
Last year, the law changed for one year to increase State Pensions by 2.5% when average earnings had fallen and price inflation increased by half a percentage point. If this action had not been taken, State Pensions would have been frozen.
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