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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:07 am on 22nd October 2015.

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Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons 11:07 am, 22nd October 2015

I understood the points that were made last week, but I would simply say that Governments of both sides have taken the view in recent years that we have to increase the state pension age. It was done under the previous Labour Government and it has been done most recently under the coalition Government. We are seeing life expectancies rise massively in this country, and that is good. People are living far longer than they did before, but the inevitable consequence is an increasing state pension age, and that is what has happened. If the hon. Lady wants a debate, she can certainly refer the matter to the Backbench Business Committee. I understand that it is difficult for the women concerned, but in a world where people live much longer than they did before, it is impossible to make a transition without some kind of impact on those involved.


Jeff Chipps
Posted on 24 Oct 2015 7:37 pm (Report this annotation)

Please see my post to the 'Previous Speaker'. Thanks.

George Morley
Posted on 24 Oct 2015 9:15 pm (Report this annotation)

I note Chris Grayling's comments and have to say that given a change of Government and an honest and open debate this Frozen Pension policy mentioned by Jeff Chipps would be overturned and all pensioners granted equal status and a fully indexed pension but this government's intransigence to do this will be a feather in the cap of the government who stand by their Code of Conduct and put discrimination firmly in the history book