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Ros Altmann: No way back on state pension age

Ros Altmann

Pensions minister Baroness Ros Altmann says she has tried to find a solution for the women hit by changes to the state pension age but has been unable to do so.

Some 500,000 women have been affected by the coalition government’s decision to add up to 18 months to the start date of their state pension.

Altmann told the BBC’s Money Box programme: “I have so much sympathy for people whose pension age was increased at relatively short notice by up to 18 months.

“I don’t have billions of pounds to spend on keeping state pension age unequal for longer.

“My job is to implement the laws that have been properly passed.”

She argued when the affected women do claim their state pension, they will be on average £8 a week better off.

She added: “I have been looking at ways in which we might be able to help. I have been looking at it but I can’t see any way of doing it.”



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  1. Andy Robertson-Fox 28th September 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Let us hope that she does not have the same view when considering the abolition of the frozen pension policy. There is a way back to fairness, justice and equality and it is within the remit of the government to impiement universal index linking unilaterally. Her own department admitted that in an FOI in March 2013; she is a known supporter of the campaign against this discrimination – as is Corbyn, who signed EDM 363 just days before becoming Labour leader.

  2. “My job is to implement the laws that have been properly passed.” the lady says and she has a voice and can say that a policy is undemocratic, unfair and immoral, so let the pensioners hear these words and don’t be gagged by those who defend this anomaly. Hypocrisy will achieve nothing but destroy your character which should be important to you Baroness Altmann.

  3. My previous comment was in support of Andy Robertson-Fox who raised the Frozen Pension policy which is indefensible unjustified theft if a person pension indexation which belongs to the pensioner who along with employers paid the required contributions to the National Insurance Fund. Would you in the private pension industry be allowed to do this.
    So let’s not hear any argument in defence of a bad policy made legal but raise our voices against it and use the ballot box if nobody in parliament listens.

  4. Trevor Harrington 28th September 2015 at 5:31 pm

    The real problem you have Ros, is that the general public are becoming more and more aware of the huge inequality of pensions in this Country, and at some point they are quite likely to vote for change. Hopefully, they will choose to vote rather than riot in the streets.

    The public sector still commonly retire at age 60, or earlier (some but not all have been moved to age 65 – police and fire services have not), their pensions are index linked (most but not all), large numbers still take, or try to take, early retirement on the basis of some trumped up invention of illness (lots of teachers, and all the other services, mostly the higher levels of management), and although it is not part of pension benefits, those of us in the private sector are also a bit pissed off that the public sector gets such ludicrously short hours of work in their contracts, along with far more holiday than the rest of us.

    How does this compare – state sector Vs private sector?

    The government have just taken six years of state pension off my wife (age 57 – now having to go to age 67 instead of age 60), they have taken two years of state pension off me (now going from age 65 to 67), and they have shrunk both our state pensions from over £200 per week to £151 per week.

    All of this has been done by the Government perpetuating the myth of us all living longer, which as you know, is a complete fallacy, and a politically correct misinterpretation of the facts. As you will know, the ONS figures for life expectancy have not changed in 35 years, and that is before you calibrate in obesity and substance abuse issues, which will probably actually reduce life expectancy in the next ten years.

    As I am immersed in the public, and I am very conversant with their collective attitudes, I can assure you that there is a great deal of general acceptance of the above issues relating to the state pensions, because we all know that it has to be this way, purely in order to redeem the public debt which was created by previous Governments, notably the Labour Government of Blair and Brown 1997 through 2010.

    However, we do not accept the chronic unfairness which has been allowed to develop over many decades in the ludicrously generous contracts of employment in the Public Sector, and their outrageous and fraudulent claims upon their pensions, which are already completely unaffordable and hugely over-generous.

    Furthermore, if you are going to steal our state pensions off us, right at the last moment before we retire, in order to redeem the national debt, we would far rather you told us the truth as to why you are doing so. It may not be politically correct to do so, and you might be concerned about your own party political involvement in the creation of that debt over many decades, but political comprehension within the masses has moved on substantially over the last 30 years, and a lie is a lie, and it will out.

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