A million Scottish pensioners will get a pensions boost, as the basic state pension rises by almost £5 a week. The rise of from £90.70 to £95.25 is the largest rise 2001.
The pension credit will also rise, meaning that no single pensioner need live on less than £130 a week, or £198 for couples.
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions James Purnell said:
“In these difficult economic times, it is right that we give people more money in their pocket. That’s why the Labour Government has increased the state pension by almost £5 per week and introduced the biggest ever rise in pension credit.
“Whilst the SNP continues to do nothing to help people through the recession, Labour is supporting pensioners, particularly the most vulnerable.
“From today, no pensioner needs to live on less than £130 a week, or £198 for couples. Almost 1 million Scots will get the above-inflation state pension rise.”