State Retirement Pensions: Females

HM Treasury written question – answered on 19th December 2016.

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Photo of The Countess of Mar The Countess of Mar Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support disabled women who rely for income on permanent health insurance policies that cover them until the age of 60, the default retirement age at the time the policies were bought, and will now not receive a state pension until the age of 65 to 67.

Photo of Lord Young of Cookham Lord Young of Cookham Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The decision to equalise the State Pension age for men and women dates back to the Pensions Act 1995. The Government provides benefits to support those unable to work to State Pension age due to a health condition or disability. People in this position may be eligible for Employment and Support Allowance, which provides income replacement for people with a health condition or disability, and Personal Independence Payment, which helps with some of the extra costs caused by long-term health or disability.

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