THOUSANDS of Barnsley pensioners are to be hit with a lower-than-expected state pension rise.

Michael Dugher, the MP for Barnsley East, has called for openness and honesty for pensioners after new figures showed 1,160 people in his constituency are set to receive a rise in the state pension of just 87p.

In December, the government announced the state pension would rise by £2.85 a week but in the following days ministers were forced to admit up to 1.6 million pensioners would see a rise of just 87p in their state pension income.

Michael said: "The government promised the state pension would rise by £2.85 in April next year but 1,160 pensioners in Barnsley East alone will receive a rise of just 87p.

"It’s time for the government to treat pensioners in Barnsley with respect and be upfront about the value of their pensions."