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State pension bill to rise £6bn

The new second-tier state pensions could cost the Government an extra £6bn when it is unveiled in the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill on Wednesday.


The pensions is deemed twice as generous as state earnings related pension which it is replacing.


The second-tier pension also boosts entitlements to carers and others earning less than £9,500 a year.

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