Eligibility for State Pension

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 1 July 2013.

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Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions 2:30, 1 July 2013

I think my hon. Friend might be referring to the idea of a total welfare cap, and while the Chancellor of the Exchequer has explicitly ruled out the idea of capping state pensions, I understand there are others in this House who are prepared to cap state pensions.


Jane Davies
Posted on 2 Jul 2013 4:13 pm (Report this annotation)

To even think about capping state pensions would be political suicide for any party. We have paid for our pensions all our lives and already the UK state pension is the lowest in Europe. Maybe the "others" who are prepared to do this should cap MP's pensions instead. There is also the disgraceful issue of the frozen 4% who are living in poverty, this must end, this is discrimination and any government who continues to let this injustice go on should be ashamed, the world is watching how you are constantly ruining the retirement plans of millions. Just do the right thing now.

Michael Thompson
Posted on 5 Jul 2013 12:11 pm (Report this annotation)

Unless I've missed something, this right wing Tory lead coalition are getting away with using the deficit as a cover to reduce the State and the welfare State. And the Lib-Dems along with the BBC are compliant.

The right wing Tory's are a small state, low income tax party, who dont believe in the role of the State or the State pension.

To even think of capping the State pension which has already been funded by today's pensioners via a lifetime of working, has to be regarded as something of a joke.

Already millions of UK pensioners have been living in poverty since the pensions and earnings link was cut in in 1980.