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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:32 am on 23rd January 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley The Leader of the House of Commons 10:32 am, 23rd January 2014

I suggest that Members would be better advised to read the speech that is being made today by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. They will find that we are returning to the original intention of the welfare state, which is to encourage people to be in work and to help those who are most in need, not to create the opportunity for a lifestyle of living on benefits. People must contribute the most that they can not only to society, but to their own family by taking up the opportunities for work that the economy is creating.

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George Morley
Posted on 24 Jan 2014 3:43 pm (Report this annotation)

From what you say it would appear that I am one of those who worked all of my life up to retirement age and paid my taxes and N I Fund contributions for the required 44 years but in retirement get penalised because I now live in Canada and consequently receive no annual increase to my pension along with my wife who is similarly treated for no valid reason. This cruel and discriminatory policy has nothing to do with the country of residence but the immoral and irrational, divisive policy of the government in retaining the regulation that robs us both when we have done no wrong. To now incorporate the same policy of theft by including clause 20 in the new Pensions Bill is an extremely poor reflection on the members of parliament and the Ministers responsible who turn a blind eye to this discrimination which inevitably leads to poverty going against the new Charter of the Commonwealth where the majority of those affected now reside.