Good night. The Pensions Secretary has suggested the triple lock is “not sustainable” as the Government considers changing its approach to its key promise. On the other hand, the Princess of Wales has had an unusual public engagement.
State pension could rise less than expected
Twelve million people could receive a smaller-than-expected rise in their state pension next year, as the Government considers shifting its focus towards the triple lock, Ben Riley-Smithour political editor, reports. The Telegraph understands that the Treasury is considering removing the impact of bonuses, which have always been used to calculate average earnings alongside salaries. Mel Stride, the Pensions Secretary, said that triple the blockade “is not sustainable” in the long term, but insisted that the Government remained committed to fulfilling its promise. Coming after Rishi Sunak refused to commit to maintaining the triple blockade if his party wins the next election.
Patients’ health deteriorates while waiting for NHS care
The health of more than four in 10 patients deteriorated while waiting for NHS care, A new report has found it. The largest annual review of hospital care revealed growing frustration over waits for care. Michael Searlesour health correspondent, reports that almost a fifth of people said their health “got a lot worse” while waiting for an appointment. It comes amid reports that the NHS has been the largest recipient of additional personnel in a hiring spree that has taken public sector employment to its highest level in more than a decade.
The Princess of Wales takes a tour of the prison
The Princess of Wales He had a finger injury during a visit to a men’s prison in surrey, where he learned how inmates are supported through addiction. The princess underwent normal security checks at the prison and revealed that she had suffered a minor injury during a trampoline session at her Windsor home.
As a patron of The Forward Trust, the Princess was visiting HMP High Down to see the charity’s work in action.
India McTaggartour royal correspondent, reports.