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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 24th February 2016.

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Photo of David Cameron David Cameron The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 11:30 am, 24th February 2016

First, I would argue very strongly that we are not discriminating against women. We are ensuring that there is an equal age of retirement, which is right. Women have been discriminated against in the pension system in the past, and the single-tier pension means that many more women will be retiring with a full pension. As they do so, they have the triple lock of knowing that pensions will always go up by wages, prices or 2.5%, whichever is the highest. That is why pensioner poverty is at a record low, and why pensioners know that they can live in security and dignity in our country.

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George Morley
Posted on 26 Feb 2016 1:51 am (Report this annotation)

That is why pensioner poverty is at a record low, and why pensioners know that they can live in security and dignity in our country.
Having said that I notice that you carefully said 'in this country' because you know full well that you could not say the same for the half million pensioners negatively discriminated against living mostly in the Commonwealth countries with whom we have a special relationship although nobody would realise it especially when the previous Pensions Minister admitted that the UK was free-loading by this policy from countries who help the pensioners.
Disgraceful when it is against everything that you said back in 2010 about wanting "fairness for all pensioners" which the pensioners have not forgotten even if the Prime Minister has.
I fail to see how you can deny the Code of Conduct of Members of Parliament by condoning this discrimination let alone abusing our gracious Queen by having her sign the Charter of the Commonwealth knowing that it said that "We are implacably opposed to discrimination of any kind" thereby embarrassing her when she has done so much throughout her reign to promote our country. Shameful and hopefully on your conscience.

Andy Robertson-Fox
Posted on 26 Feb 2016 12:44 pm (Report this annotation)

The Prime Minister is correct in pointing out that the transition is not discrimination. The age at which women reach State Retirement Age is dependent upon on where their date of birth falls within the specified parameters. It may be disproportionate but all within those parameters are being treated equally.

What is discrimination is the denial of index linking to some pensioners, who have also met the same NI contribution conditions as everybody else, based solely on which overseas country they now live. They are the frozen pensioners. Live in Canada and it is frozen but not in the USA, in the UK Virgin Islands, frozen but not in the USA Virgin Islands, frozen in Trinidad but not Barbados....utterly irrational and illogical.

Where Prime Minister is the "security and dignity for 104 year old frozen pensioner, Annie Carr, who is now 104 years of age and still expected to live on her the same "full" retirement pension she first received of £6.72 per week?