It’s not the baby boomers who Osborne will sanction. But we need them to keep working for their sake – and our

One section of society who will be sitting comfortably after George Osborne’s Autumn Statement are pensioners. The Chancellor may have no good news on tax credits and will have to show some sleight of hand on police cuts, but, once again, pensioners will enjoy his protection, with the state pension increased to £119.30 a week from next April.

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