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Field calls for new basic pension

The Pensions Reform Group, led by former welfare minister Frank Field, has launched proposals to abolish pensioner poverty by creating a new basic state pension. The report proposes a new funded pension, the Universal Protected Pension, to be built up over 40 years and merged with the existing pay-as-you-go National Insurance based state pension. This would provide a pension set at just over 28 per cent of average earnings.

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