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 Alasdair McDonnell Alasdair McDonnell Social Democratic and Labour Party, Belfast South 4:19 pm, 30th November 2016

Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the WASPI women should be commended for the civil, decent and reasonable way they have campaigned? We have met them all in our constituencies. He just made the point that women had a gender pay gap and a resulting pension gap even before the changes, so an already unfair situation is compounded. Does he agree that the failure to introduce better transitional arrangements exacerbates the existing inequality?