Press release

Press briefing: morning 14 October 2014

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Prime Minister's Official Spokesperson answered questions on pensions and average earnings, English votes for English laws and the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Pensions and average earnings

When asked about pensions and average earnings, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) highlighted the ‘triple lock’ on pensions of at least 2.5% - a point the Prime Minister regarded as very important in terms of ensuring that people have the support they deserve in retirement. With regard to average earnings, the PMOS said the way to ensure families had sustainable increases in living standards was by having sustainable growth.

When asked about the possibility of pension companies charging customers for withdrawing money from their pensions, the PMOS pointed to 2 government measures. Firstly, to the provision of free impartial advice to people when they plan for their retirement. Secondly, to the fact that greater consumer choice, supplemented by that advice, would lead the financial services industry to respond to consumer demand and offer better products and services.

English votes for English laws

When asked for the Prime Minister’s reaction to opposition to the ‘English votes for English laws’ (EVEL) question, the PMOS said it will be for those arguing against EVEL to explain why they’re not supporting it.

Israel-Palestine conflict

When asked about the Israel-Palestine conflict, the PMOS said the government would continue to make clear the points on which the British and Israeli governments agreed and disagreed, and would continue to work with both sides towards a 2-state solution.