I know I seldom read government documents such as the pre-budget report Alistair Darling announced last week, because I expect the media to provide me with the facts.
The chancellor said, "basic state pension will not be frozen, but will rise by 2.5% in April". Fine I thought. How silly of me to believe what anyone in the Westminster government says.
Nowhere did his speech - or the hundreds of pages of pre-budget - mention the fact that the parts of the state pension which do not count as "basic" would be frozen.
The DWP has confirmed that the small earnings-related supplement called graduated pension, which is paid to more than 10 million people, will also be kept at this year's level. The pensions minister said the decision to freeze extras, such as Serps (State Earnings Related Pension) was taken because otherwise it would have, "created an unlevel playing field between the public and private sector".
She continued to say there would have been "confusion and unfairness" because Serps affect company pension payments and there may have been a difference of approach between public sector pensions and occupational ones partly related to some firms freezing pensions. I'm expected to believe this, or perhaps not. Surely the chancellor doesn't expect me to accept a policy made on the assumption that some private businesses may freeze pensions.
No other benefits are expected to be frozen in April. The chancellor has already announced that Child Benefit and some disability allowances will rise by 1.5% in April despite the fact that the Retail Prices Index showed inflation below zero in September when the annual rise in benefits is fixed.
This underhand and shabby behaviour from the chancellor could potentially save the Treasury £350m in 2010/11.
Meanwhile this weekend Gordon Brown announced to the world that Britain will contribute £1.5 billion towards 'climate change' and our energy bills will be increased with the implementation of further 'green' taxes. When will it ever end?