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Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pensioners: Christmas Bonus (26 Jul 2017)

Guy Opperman: The number of people who receive the Christmas Bonus is published in DWP’s Benefit Expenditure and Caseload tables (Table_2c): https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/benefit-expenditur e-tables

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (26 Jul 2017)

Guy Opperman: Following the Pensions Act 2011, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) wrote to those directly affected by the legislation (people born 6 April 1953 to 5 April 1960) to inform them of the change to their State Pension age. This involved mailing more than 5 million letters. Advertising campaigns have been used more widely to encourage people to find out more about their State Pension and...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (26 Jul 2017)

Guy Opperman: The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) receive thousands of items of correspondence relating to State Pension age. However we are unable to break down the correspondence as requested relating to changes to State Pension age for women born in the 1950s from, (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public in each year since 2011.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (25 Jul 2017)

Guy Opperman: The Government has already made a concession worth £1.1 billion that will reduce the impact of these increases on those women most affected by them. This issue has been debated numerous times and numerous statements have already been made. Introducing further concessions cannot be justified given the imperative to focus public resources on helping those most in need.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pensions: Young People (19 Jul 2017)

Guy Opperman: Automatic enrolment into workplace pensions was introduced to enable more people to save for their retirement. So far over 8 million people have been automatically enrolled into a workplace pension, reversing the decline in private pension saving, including amongst younger workers, seen in the decade before the reforms were introduced in 2012. In March this year, the Office for National...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pensions (18 Jul 2017)

Guy Opperman: Pensions Dashboards are an exciting idea and the Government worked with industry to deliver a working prototype of the dashboard in April 2017. However, the development of dashboards is still at a very early stage with many policy questions outstanding, The single financial guidance body is in the early stages of being passed through Parliament so it is too early to determine the entire role...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Nuisance Calls (17 Jul 2017)

Guy Opperman: The Government takes the threat of pension scams very seriously. That is why the Government launched a consultation in December 2016 looking at three potential interventions to tackle this issue, including legislating to introduce a ban on cold calling in relation to pensions to help stop fraudsters contacting individuals and legislating to give firms new powers to block transfers. The...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Occupational Pensions (14 Jul 2017)

Guy Opperman: Automatic enrolment is a policy that works. Over 8 million individuals have been automatically enrolled into a workplace pension by more than 640,000 employers. Since 2012 private sector employment has grown by 2.6 million to reach 26.5 million. Automatic enrolment has been implemented on a national basis rather than being trialled which means it is not possible to make any assessment of...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (14 Jul 2017)

Guy Opperman: The number of older workers in the UK is at a record high, currently standing at 9.9m workers aged 50 years and over. 4.2m women aged 50-64 are in employment; this compares to 3.5m five years ago. There are 1.2 million individuals in employment aged over 65, of which 39% are women. Employment rates for older workers have also been increasing and recently reached record highs. Since ten...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: BPDTS (13 Jul 2017)

Guy Opperman: BPDTS Ltd was set-up to provide IT services to DWP previously provided by Hewlett Packard Enterprises Ltd. The Secretary of State is the sole member of the company and therefore in effect its owner. There are two Executive Directors (the Chief Executive and the Chief Financial Officer) both of whom are civil servants, employed by DWP. The Chief Executive spends approximately 75% of his time...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (13 Jul 2017)

Guy Opperman: Women born between 6 April 1950 and 5 April 1953 were affected by State Pension age equalisation under the Pensions Act 1995. The Pensions Act 2011 accelerated the equalisation of State Pension age, and included transitional arrangements limiting State Pension age delays, affecting women born between 6 April 1953 and 5 December 1953. It also brought forward the increase in State Pension age...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (12 Jul 2017)

Guy Opperman: There are no current plans to meet with representatives of the Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign in the immediate future. This matter has been comprehensively debated on many occasions in Parliament, most recently in a Westminster Hall Debate on 5th July 2017 in which I stated I will be meeting the all-party parliamentary group when it is reformed. In addition to the...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions (11 Jul 2017)

Guy Opperman: The Government has already stated that people should expect to spend on average ‘up to one third’ of their adult lives in retirement; and that any changes to State Pension age in the future should be fair to current and future generations of pensioners. To inform the first review into State Pension age, the Government commissioned two independent reports which were published in...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Pension Rights: Equality (11 Jul 2017)

Guy Opperman: The decision was made in 1995 to equalise the State Pension age for men and women. This addressed a longstanding inequality in pension age. If State Pension ages had not been equalised, women would be spending over 40% of their adult life in retirement. Men’s and women’s State Pension age will equalise in November 2018. The new State Pension is much more generous for many women,...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (11 Jul 2017)

Guy Opperman: Women born between 6 April 1950 and 5 April 1953 were affected by State Pension age equalisation under the Pensions Act 1995. The Pensions Act 2011 accelerated the equalisation of State Pension age, and included transitional arrangements limiting State Pension age delays, affecting women born between 6 April 1953 and 5 December 1953. It also brought forward the increase in State Pension age...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (5 Jul 2017)

Guy Opperman: An error has been identified in the written answer given on 03 July 2017. The correct answer should have been: Women born between 6 April 1950 and 5 April 1953 were affected by State Pension age equalisation under the Pensions Act 1995. The Pensions Act 2011 accelerated the equalisation of State Pension age, and included transitional arrangements limiting State Pension age delays,...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (5 Jul 2017)

Guy Opperman: Women born between 6 April 1950 and 5 April 1953 were affected by State Pension age equalisation under the Pensions Act 1995. The Pensions Act 2011 accelerated the equalisation of State Pension age, and included transitional arrangements limiting State Pension age delays, affecting women born between 6 April 1953 and 5 December 1953. It also brought forward the increase in State Pension age...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Winter Fuel Payments (3 Jul 2017)

Guy Opperman: There will be no change to the universal nature of the Winter Fuel Payment for the length of the Parliament.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Uprating (3 Jul 2017)

Guy Opperman: The Government is committed to ensuring economic security for people at every stage of their life, including when they reach retirement. The Government is also clear that fairness between the generations must be maintained. We are committed to the Triple Lock for the remainder of this Parliament.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: State Retirement Pensions: Females (3 Jul 2017)

Guy Opperman: The Secretary of State has regular discussions with Cabinet colleagues including the Chancellor of the Exchequer on a range of issues. The Government will not be revisiting the State Pension age arrangements for women affected by the Pensions Act 1995 and Pensions Act 2011. These women will receive their State Pension either at the same age as men or earlier as we remove the current inequality.


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