The chair of the work and pensions select committee Anne Begg has criticised the Government for not allowing a debate about the effects of the rise in the state pension age on women.
Last week, Labour MP for Aberdeen South Begg called on the Government to find time in its schedule of debates to look at the issue, but her request was rejected.
Under Labour, the state pension age for women was to be equalised with men at 65 by 2020, with both rising to 66 between 2024 and 2026.
The coalition Government now plans to equalise men and women’s state pension age in 2018, with both rising to 66 in April 2020.
Begg says the change will affect 500,000 women and deserves its own debate. She says: “I am very disappointed.”
Leader of the House of Commons, Conservative MP Sir George Young told Begg last week the topic would be “appropriate” for an International Women’s Day debate if the backbench business committee decides to hold one. This week, the committee said it will hold a debate near to IWD but not on this topic. Concerns over the state pension age change can be raised within the debate but Begg says this option is “not good enough”.
Max Horne Financial Services partner Max Horne says: “It is an incredibly complex change and really needs some time dedicated to ensuring the effect on women is minimised.”