Steve calls on the Government to turn back on attack on working women

Steve has called on the Government to look again at proposed pension reforms; arguing that thousands of working women will lose out under the changes.

During Work and Pensions Oral Questions on Monday (28 January), Steve asked the Minister for Pensions, Steve Webb MP, whether the Government was happy with its proposed pension reforms, as outlined in the draft Pensions Bill; despite many working women born between 6 April 1952 and 6 July 1953 predicted to lose out under the changes while men in the same age group will not.

 

Steve drew the Minister’s attention to the plight of one of his constituents, a teacher who will lose thousands of pounds because of when her birthday falls.

 

600 other women in the Birmingham Selly Oak constituency are also predicted to lose out.

 

Steve said:

 

“Thousands of women born before an arbitrary date, set by the Government, could lose thousands of pounds a year under these proposed reforms to the state pension.

 

“I’m calling on the Government to devise transitional measures to ensure these women, whose only fault is to be a woman and to have a birth date before this arbitrary cut-off point, do not lose out.

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