State Pension Age: Women

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:19 pm on 30th November 2016.

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Photo of Ian Blackford Ian Blackford Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Pensions) 4:19 pm, 30th November 2016

I will make some progress, and then I will give way.

The DWP wrote to women to inform them about changes in legislation that go back to the Pensions Act 1995, but it did not start the formal period of notification for 14 years. To take 14 years to begin informing people that the pension that they had paid in for was being deferred—that is quite something. Can we imagine the outcry if a private pension provider behaved in such a way? There would be an outcry in this House and, no doubt, legal action. This is quite stunning when we consider that entitlement to a state pension is earned through national insurance contributions, which many women have made for more than 40 years.