Sunak under huge pressure as 20,000 Britons sign Express petition to save the triple lock

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Rishi Sunak has received a warning from readers, 20,000 of whom have asked him to maintain the pension triple lock. The Prime Minister is under increasing pressure from the general public after a petition sailed past the landmark number in just over 48 hours. With more people signing every minute, thousands will hope the message reaches the Government as the cost of living crisis threatens to cut into older Britons’ pensions. The tens of thousands of people who have signed their name to the document have called on Rishi Sunak to honour Boris Johnson’s 2019 pensions promise and keep growth consistent.

Downing Street has refused to commit to the manifesto proposal, which keeps pension growth in line with inflation rates, average earnings or 2.5 percent, whichever is greatest.

The Government did not say whether the guarantee would continue, despite previous assurances.

Former Prime Minister Liz Truss had previously committed to the policy, with Mr Hunt appearing to agree, but Britons will have to wait for further clarification under Mr Sunak.

The Prime Minister’s press secretary said Chancellor Jeremy Hunt would address the triple lock in his Autumn fiscal statement on November 17.

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While energy prices continue to rise and inflation leaves people with a real-terms pay cut, reports from Whitehall suggest the pair must salvage up to £50 billion. 

The Prime Minister previously said that, while he aimed to smooth over Ms Truss’s harmful premiership, he would need to make some “difficult” decisions. 

These may include having to ditch the triple lock, something even Mr Sunak’s predecessor was unwilling to entertain. 

Downing Street has said the policy is “on the table” for Mr Hunt’s forthcoming November 17 fiscal statement. 

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