State Pension: Impact of Changes on Women

Part of Opposition Business – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 5:30 pm on 26th September 2016.

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Photo of Sinéad Bradley Sinéad Bradley Social Democratic and Labour Party 5:30 pm, 26th September 2016

Does the Member agree that, at the outset, the issue was to address equality of access to pension income but, in fact, it has had the reverse effect? Women did not have equal access to planning and scoping out their retirement and what their choices might be at that time. You mentioned 14 years and the scale of the problem: do you agree that this goes beyond inequality? It goes back to the Government at that time actually being negligent.