I FEEL I must write again regarding the question of the “triple lock”, which is the only defence of the value of the pension and which this government wishes to suspend.

But we all know that once it is suspended, it will never return and increases from then on will be down to means testing.

When the media do any reporting on the issue, they never seem to elaborate on the issue with facts and figures. They put it in such a way that the triple lock sounds like a terrific, out of this world, thing when but for many many years it has been no more than 2½ per cent, most times less, but I will take the latest as an example to prove that it is not so fantastic.

If you were lucky enough to retire after 2016 the state pension is £179.60 per week, a 2½ per cent is an increase of £4.49 per week.

If you retired before 2016, your state pension is £137.60 per week, even though you may have done the qualifying years, paid the stamps, like myself paying for 48½ years – over 13 years extra and there are tens of thousands who did more. Two-and-a-half per cent would give us a weekly increase of £3.44.

If you take someone working a 40 hour week on the national living wage of £8.91 per hour and they received a 2½ per cent increase, it would be an increase of £8.91 a week.

If you see pensioners who are a little better off then that it’s because, as advocated by all governments, they entered into other schemes to subsidise their pension, but they paid extra for those extra schemes – it was not for nothing, This suspension of the triple lock that is being advocated by the chancellor Rishi Sunak, who is having a swimming pool, tennis court and gym built on his £13m mansion near Northallerton.

This is the first time for many many years that anything like a real increase would have taken place and yet the Government wishes to go back on it like it reneged on the TV licence for over 75s.

I feel that Mr Sunak and the rest of this millionaire cabinet is making a big mistake, and if he does not honour the triple lock and they move the goalposts on pensions, then the grey vote will come back and haunt them.

In conclusion, nobody could survive on the basic state pension of this country – it’s simple mathematics. We are at the bottom of the pile in Europe, but if the Government paid a decent pension there would be no need for pension credits and other benefits – again it is simple mathematics and simple justice.

D Dunbar, Sherburn Village, Durham.