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Women and carers to benefit from reform

A better deal for women and carers will underpin the Government’s pension reform agenda, says Work and Pensions Secretary John Hutton.

Speaking at a Fabian Society event, Hutton said the Pension White Paper will simplify the credit system to better reflect the way people contribute to society.

Hutton said the Government will target women aged 45 or over who have not benefited from home responsibilities protection. Carers will benefit from an extension and simplification of the current state entitlement.

But he said the Government could not advocate Lord Turner’s calls for a residency approach, claiming a contributory principle must be central to the reforms.

Hutton said: “Our proposals will be underpinned by a new deal for women that tackles the inequalities of a system that reflects an outdated view of family relationships, properly recognising the ways in which people contribute to our modern society.”

Scottish Widows head of pensions market development Ian Naismith said: “Any reforms must include a simple system that does not penalise those with career breaks.”

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