600 Walton Women to Miss Out on Pension Reforms

(January 28, 2013)

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Pension reforms that will see women born between April 1952 and July 1953 and who will retire before 2017 ineligible for the single tier pension have been condemned by Walton MP Steve Rotheram.

House of Commons Library research released by Labour reveals the true cost of last week’s pensions reforms to 600 women in Liverpool Walton constituency who are set to lose out.

600 local women born in 1952 and 1953 will not be eligible for the single tier pension since they are due to retire in 2017, before the state pension reforms come into effect. Men born during the same period, however, will qualify.

The news comes after the Government claimed that "we have to be absolutely transparent [about who will lose]” yet Cameron failed to make clear the full consequences of the planned reforms.

The unraveling of this latest Pensions announcement is the second time this government has been caught trying to hide the full impact of its changes for pensioners following the Granny Tax.

Steve explained, “Ministers have been caught red-handed hiding the truth on pensions reforms.

“This government’s pensions changes have hit hardworking women in Walton time and again and these reforms are no different. 600 women will be nearly £2,000 worse off compared to men, but instead of being honest with the women that will lose out this government tried to bury the truth.

“Once again Ministers have been caught with their hands in pensioners pockets – it’s about time this government had the decency to be honest about who will lose out under their plans.”

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