Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Monday, November 04, 2019
Pensions and benefits to rise
Pensions and benefits are set to rise at their fastest rate for eight years – as our strong economy allows us toend the benefit freeze.
Working-age benefits have remained at the same level since April 2015 as part of the Conservative Government’s drive to incentivise work and reduce the deficit, but we are now able to end the freeze.
This increase will benefit more than 10 million people – around 2.5 million people on Universal Credit will see their payments rise by 1.7 per cent, in line with inflation, as will millions of claimants of legacy benefits.
In April the full State Pension rate will increase by 3.9 per cent to £175.20 per week, meaning an extra £344 a year, thanks to high wage growth.