Rachel Reeves

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

State Pension Age proposals debated in Parliament

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MPs from across the House of Commons debated the Government’s plans to increase the State Pension Age yesterday, and made it clear that the goalposts shouldn’t be moved again.

Pensions Minister Steve Webb was left in no doubt about the strength of feeling across the Commons and the country as he faced a series of speeches, including from Government MPs, criticising his plans for the State Pension Age.  The Pensions Bill will accelerate the speed at which the Pension Age rises, and leave 500,000 women waiting for more than an extra year, and 33,000 women waiting for exactly two years to receive their state pension.

After the debate, Rachel said:

“MPs came together today to condemn the plans that will disproportionately and unfairly impact on a certain group of women. The pension age for women will begin to rise beyond 65 from 2018, despite promises in the Coalition Agreement that it would not do so before 2020. The plans being put before the House of Commons breach the Coalition Agreement and I therefore urge Tory and Lib Dem MPs not to go along with it. Apart from the Minister, everyone who spoke today spoke against the proposals, including two Lib Dem MPs. The Government couldn’t find a single MP to defend their plans.

This is an opportunity for the Lib Dems to show that they will be sticking with the coalition agreement after Nick Clegg’s boasts of a more muscular liberalism. Women who are turning 57 right now will face another delay to their State Pension Age of up to two years. Their best laid plans for retirement are being put in jeopardy with little time to plan.”

Age UK are hosting a mass lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 18th May to continue the opposition to the plans - find out more here.

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