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Blair wants pension credit to be axed

Tony Blair has told a national newspaper he wants pension credit to be phased out, putting him at odds with the Chancellor.
LibDem work and pensions spokesman David Laws says the statement has made Gordon Brown look even more isolated. Laws says it is now time for the Government to act to end means-testing by bringing in a higher universal state pension.
Blair also told the paper he supported DTI secretary Alan Johnson’s deal allowing public sector workers to continue retiring at 60.
Laws says: It is not working for future pensioners, because as Lord Turner has said ‘significant future growth of means-testing would… undermine voluntary private pension saving by the very groups of people… most in danger of under-provision’.

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