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Local MP hits out at pension reforms as local women set to lose out
Monday 28th January, 2013

House of Commons Library research released by Yvonne Fovargue MP reveals the true cost of last week’s pensions reforms to over 2,100 women in the Wigan Borough who are set to lose out.

2,100 local women born in 1952 and 1953 will not be eligible for the single tier pension since they are due to retire in 2017, before the state pension reforms come into effect. Men born during the same period, however, will qualify.

The news comes after the Government claimed that "we have to be absolutely transparent [about who will lose]” yet they failed to make clear the full consequences of the planned reforms.

The unravelling of this latest Pensions announcement is the second time this government has been caught trying to hide the full impact of its changes for pensioners following the Granny Tax.

Yvonne Fovargue MP said:

“Ministers have been caught red-handed hiding the truth on pension reforms.

“This government’s pension changes have hit hardworking women in our Borough time and again and these reforms are no different. Over 2,100 women will be nearly £2,000 worse off compared to men, but instead of being honest with the women that will lose out this government tried to bury the truth.

“Once again Ministers have been caught with their hands in pensioners’ pockets – it’s about time this government had the decency to be honest about who will lose out under their plans.”


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