Theresa May has deflected questions concerning the government's policy on the pensions triple lock, though failed to guarantee it will continue, in her last Prime Minister's Questions before the June General Election.
Pressed on the matter by Angus Robertson, the SNP's leader at Westminster, for a "clear and unambiguous" commitment, the Prime Minister (pictured) said she had been very clear that pensioners had benefited by £1,250 a year under the Conservatives.
The Conservative leader has steered well clear of answering anything directly on the controversial policy ahead of the party's manifesto release and used the same line in defence of the Tories' pension record last week.
The triple lock ensures the government increases the state pension each April by the higher of growth in average earnings, the Consumer Price Index or 2.5%.
Robertson continued: "I asked the Prime Minister a pretty simple yes/no question and she failed to answer it, so pensioners right across this land are right to conclude that this Tory Prime Minister plans to ditch the triple lock on the state pension. Is not the message to pensioners: you cannot trust this Prime Minister or the Tories with your pension?"
May replied the government had "improved the lot" of pensioners across the country and their incomes would "continue to increase" under a Conservative government.
She added: "One thing that pensioners in Scotland will know, as will other voters in Scotland, is that if they believe in the Union, there is only one way to vote, and that is Conservative."
According to The Times, the Tories are thinking of keeping the policy and have said May is scared of handing Jeremy Corbyn a "propaganda victory" - the Labour leader has promised to secure the triple lock for pensioners if elected.
A senior Conservative figure reportedly told the Times (paywall): "It's a matter of pretty intense debate about whether to include it in the manifesto. On one hand it is politically costly and doesn't actually save any cash. On the other, it's clearly a nonsense."
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