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WORK AND PENSIONS – WASPI WOMEN AND THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK [83656] - 01 September 2020

WORK AND PENSIONS – WASPI WOMEN AND THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK [83656] - 01 September 2020

Dr Julian Lewis:  To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the extent to which the rise in retirement age for women has resulted in vulnerable 60 to 65 year-olds continuing to work during the covid-19 outbreak; what progress she has made in developing a fair transitional scheme to delayed retirement for women born in the 1950s; and what extra support will be given to the poorest women in that category.  [83656]

[Due for Answer on 7 September. Answered on 11 September.] 

HOLDING ANSWER: The Department for Work and Pensions has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available. 

ANSWER

The Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion (Guy Opperman):  Parliament set out in the Pensions Acts fair transitional arrangements when it introduced the changes to State Pension age, including measures in 2011, costing £1.1 billion, to ensure that no woman’s pension age changed by more than 18 months. It is not proposed to amend the Pensions Act of 1995, 2008 or 2011 or change the £1.1 billion transitional provision. There are no plans for further transitional provisions. The government strengthened the financial safety net for those who need it during the COVID-19 pandemic. Support is available through the welfare system for people who are unable to work or are on a low income, including those that are nearing their State Pension age.