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New update on calls for weekly State Pension payments of £549 after General Election announcement

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More than 63,300 people have signed an online petition calling for a ‘universal’ weekly State Pension payment of nearly £550 to bring it into line with the National Living Wage rate.

Someone on the full, New State Pension currently receives £221.20 each week while those on the maximum Basic State pension get £169.50.Petition creator Michael Thompson also suggests making the option to claim State Pension available to everyone from the age of 60.

Despite a rejection of the proposals from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in February, the petition was on track to reach the next milestone of 100,000 signatures before it closed in July, which would have made it eligible to be considered by the Petitions Committee for debate in Parliament.However, the General Election will prevent that from happening as an update on the petitions-parliament website states that all petitions will close at 00.01am on Thursday, May 30.

This is because Parliament will be dissolved and all parliamentary business - including petitions - will stop.The General Election means that all petitions that were open on the site will be closed and will no longer be able to be signed.

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