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 very sympathetic to the principles of equality and if we were confident that equalising these benefits is straightforward, affordable and sustainable we would be happy to support more equalisation. But we have to think carefully before imposing on schemes retrospective costs which could not have been taken into account in past funding assumptions. We are absolutely committed to tackling discrimination in all its forms and creating a fairer society for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, but the benefits people receive—