Women lose fight against delay to state pension
11 May 2016
- From the section Business
Hundreds of thousands of women who are fighting against delays to their state pension have had their hopes dashed.
Many women born between April 1951 and 1960 have claimed they were not aware that their pension age was being raised by up to six years.
Although there had been talk of a compromise solution, the new Work and Pensions Secretary has told MPs that will not be possible.
“I don’t see there is a do-able policy solution,” said Stephen Crabb MP.
Two weeks ago, the Pensions Minister, Ros Altmann, told the BBC that she was hoping to help the women.
MPs on the Work and Pensions Committee had also suggested a compromise, that would not cost the tax-payer any extra money.
They said the women should be allowed to claim their pensions early, if they wanted to, but at a reduced rate.
But Stephen Crabb rejected that, saying, “When I’ve discussed that, some of the women have said that’s not actually what they want”.
“It is just fiscally impossible,” he said.
“And I think it’s irresponsible for anyone in this House of Commons to try to pretend, or lead these women into thinking there’s an easy decision to be made.”
Source: BBC Business