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Fairness and Security in Old Age

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:44 pm on 10th September 2003.

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Photo of Claire Curtis-Thomas Claire Curtis-Thomas Labour, Crosby 12:44 pm, 10th September 2003

What the hon. Gentleman is saying is at odds with my own experience. Thousands of pensioners in my community are accessing the Pension Service, and I have repeatedly been told that it is as easy as picking up a phone—the work is done for claimants, and they get returns within days. If that is not the hon. Gentleman's experience in his area, may I suggest that he ask some questions, as that service is available in many other parts of the country?