[Mr. Roger Gale in the Chair] — Pensioner Poverty

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:50 am on 23rd February 2010.

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Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 9:50 am, 23rd February 2010

I hope that all right hon. and hon. Members here today will recognise the changes to carer credits for national insurance contributions, which are due to be introduced in April. Weekly national insurance credits will be granted to those who care for other individuals for more than 20 hours a week. As for those who care for others for 20 to 34 hours a week, but who are not known to the benefits system, we are very anxious that they should apply for their credits, because doing so will ensure that they can make up their own basic state pension when they retire. We need help to identify those carers, and I hope that all right hon. and hon. Members who are here today will note that and go back and work in their own constituencies to help us to find them.