INVERCLYDE'S MP says the UK Government has inflicted a 'hammer blow' on thousands of local senior citizens by scrapping the 'triple lock' on pensions.

The rule has been suspended for a year, as a post-pandemic rise in average earnings could have meant pensions increasing by eight per cent.

Ronnie Cowan said: “By scrapping the triple lock, this UK Government has broken yet another manifesto commitment.

"This follows on the WASPI campaigners continuing their fight for pension justice and also pensioners in Inverclyde fighting against changes to TV licence fees for over-70s.

“A decade of Tory austerity cuts, coupled with one of the worst state pensions in the developed world, means millions of our older people are already living in poverty."