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Hutton responds to Turner: Nothing ruled out

Work and Pensions Secretary John Hutton has responded to the Turner Report, welcoming the broad framework of the proposals and emphasising the Government has ruled nothing out.
Hutton told the House of Commons future Government policy will depend on meeting five key tests: personal responsibility, fairness, affordability, simplicity and sustainability.
He committed the Government to producing a white paper on pension reform in the Spring and said today was the start of a national debate to reach consensus on a way forward.
Hutton said: We seek a comprehensive solution which will allow us to secure a lasting pensions settlement for future generations. The Government welcomes the broad framework of the Pension Commission’s proposals and options, and believes they are the right basis for the debate to come.
We can not go on as we are. But it is also vital that we get reform right for future generations, and we are determined to reach a national consensus in order to achieve this.

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