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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 27th January 2016.

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Photo of David Cameron David Cameron The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 11:30 am, 27th January 2016

First of all, the equalisation of the retirement age came about on the basis of equality, which was a judgment by the European Court. We put it in place in the 1990s. When this Government decided—rightly, in my view—to raise the retirement age, we made the decision that no one should suffer a greater than 18-month increase in their retirement age. That is the decision that this House of Commons took. The introduction of the single-tier pension at £155 a week will be one of the best ways that we can end discrimination in the pension system, because so many women retiring will get so much more in their pension which, of course, under this Government, is triple-lock protected, so they will get inflation, earnings or 2.5%, and never again a derisory 75p increase.

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Jane Davies
Posted on 28 Jan 2016 10:45 pm (Report this annotation)

Those words....equality and discrimination have just come out of Mr Cameron's mouth without any hint of irony.

The irony being the INEQUALITY and continued DISCRIMINATION inflicted upon the 4% of state pensioners by this government who have their annual state pension indexing withheld.
When a group of people are treated less favourably, in this case 4%, to the rest when ALL are entitled to be treated the same this is called DISCRIMINATION.

SO MR CAMERON WHEN ARE YOU AND YOUR GOVERNMENT GOING TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND END THIS INJUSTICE AND TRIPLE LOCK EVERY PENSIONER?

Ones contributions to the NI scheme dictate ones entitlement to a state pension not where one lives once retired.

George Morley
Posted on 29 Jan 2016 12:25 am (Report this annotation)

Mr Cameron, When you say "we can end discrimination in the pension system" one must assume that your word is your bond when making such a statement.
The Frozen Pension policy has been a thorn in the side of both Government and frozen pensioner and it is now time to scrap the Discrimination and grant Equality to ALL pensioners worldwide in line with the rest of the democratic world so that never again will there be a derisory ZERO increase from the DWP for a minority of pensioners.
It is time now for savings to be made by doing away with the massive amount of time , energy and resources that this freezing policy generates which must go a long way towards the cost of uprating, remembering that each pensioner actually saves money by not being resident in UK as reported by the Oxford Economics during the scrutiny phase of the Pension Act which has now been confirmed by DWP .
The 1st of April would seem to be an appropriate time to implement this change.

Jeff Chipps
Posted on 29 Jan 2016 3:46 am (Report this annotation)

The "best way to end discrimination" Mr Cameron is to end UK's world-hated frozen pension policy. There WILL be women retiring to certain abroad whose pension will not only be delayed because of an increased pension age - it will be frozen for life too!
And you say this is fair! CODSWALLOP!
This monstrous discrimination by YOUR government cruelly punishes 550000 UK OAPs (just a tiny 4% of total).
How can anyone say it's NOT discrimination when 96% of OAPs (worldwide) get the triple lock you're so proud of, while 4% get no increases at all - for as long as they breathe?
This shameful impoverishment is inflicted on them despite them contributing as required by law into the National Insurance - the same as the 96% who get the raises.
Reasons? NONE.
Justification? NONE.
Defense? NONE.
Excuse? Because the other guys did it.
SO BE THE ONE THAT ENDS IT!!!!!