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State Retirement Pensions

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd May 2011.

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Photo of Clive Betts Clive Betts Chair, Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his Department's consultation document, A state pension for the 21st century, what steps he is taking to ensure compliance with age discrimination legislation of the proposals contained in that consultation to increase the basic state pension from a certain date for new pensioners.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Government are currently consulting on two high level options for state pension reform and are mindful of the need to take account of wider legal obligations, including on age discrimination, as part of ongoing policy development.

It should be noted that both options for reform set out in the Government's consultation paper are designed to be cost neutral, and would therefore not involve additional expenditure on state pensions for new pensioners compared with if the current system were continued.

If, following consultation, the proposals are taken further, the Government will produce a White Paper and impact assessment which will consider issues such as age discrimination as a matter of course.

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