Report (1st Day)

Part of Pensions Bill – in the House of Lords at 4:45 pm on 24th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Rix Lord Rix Crossbench 4:45 pm, 24th February 2014

My Lords, I cannot claim to be either a young widow or to have young children. My children are actually middle-aged but my wife died a year ago last week and I know perfectly well that a year is really not sufficient time to put to one side all the problems which arise from the death of a partner. I was married for 64 years and, both for my children—middle-aged as they may be—and for me, the grief continues. I know perfectly well that if you are a young widow with young children, to be asked to change your life or to look at the possibility of going into work after six months is absolutely absurd. I support both these amendments with all my heart.