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Pension injustice sees women working longer

Women are having to work longer because they cannot afford to retire, according to research by the Office of National Statistics.

By far the biggest increase in employment rates since 1997 has been for women between the ages of 50 and 59 years, up by 6.7 per cent compared with an overall increase in employment rates of 1.8 per cent.

There are now 24 per cent more women working in the 10 years up to retirement age than there was eight years ago. There is an even greater increase of 30 per cent in the number of women who are working past retirement age.

Liberal Democrat shadow minister for work Paul Holmes says women’s smaller state pensions are a factor. He says: “The increased participation of older women in the market is welcome news but we must ask if this is being driven by the pension injustice that is being suffered by women. The Govern-ment treats pensioners like second-class citizens and female pensioners like third-class citizens.

“There is a huge difference between male and female state pension levels and the gap is only being reduced at the rate of 40p a year.”

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