Occupational Pensions: Survivor Benefits — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:38 pm on 13th July 2015.

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Photo of Baroness Altmann Baroness Altmann The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions 2:38 pm, 13th July 2015

My Lords, the Government are absolutely committed to equality. Current legislation requires all couples to be treated equally and survivor benefits are built up on an equal basis going forward. The review covers complex issues of legislation and entitlements built up in the past. Any changes could have significant implications, including costs, for private and public sector pension schemes so we must consider the review’s findings thoroughly and understand those implications fully before making a decision about whether retrospective changes should be made.