Widows' Pension Entitlement

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th July 2001.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour/Co-operative, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to review the provision whereby widows lose their pension entitlement on remarriage both in terms of (a) the basic state pension and (b) occupational pensions.

Photo of Ian McCartney Ian McCartney Minister for pensions, Department for Work and Pensions

There are no plans to change current provisions in regard to state pension for widows who remarry.

There is no requirement for occupational pension schemes to provide lifetime pensions for surviving spouses. Entitlement will depend on what is set out in the rules of each individual scheme. A number of public service schemes are currently considering the issue.

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