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Amidst mounting opposition to the Government's Pensions Bill, today will see the first opportunity for MPs to vote in the House of Commons on proposals which unfairly penalise women and is a clear breach of the Coalition Agreement.

The Pensions Bill proposes to raise the women's state pension age to 66 from 2018 - a clear breach of the Coalition Agreement which stated it would not start to happen until 2020.

23 Liberal Democrat MPs have signed House of Commons motions ahead of today's Second Reading debate opposing the proposals.

The Government's plans will mean:

  • 500,000 women will have to wait for more than a year longer before receiving the state pension, affecting many women aged between 56 and 57.
  • 300,000 women born between 6 December 1953 and 5 October 1954, will have to wait an extra 18 months to be entitled to state pensions. 
  • A further 33,000 will have to wait an extra 2 years.
  • The 33,000 born between 6 March 1954 and 5 April 1954 are set to lose at least £10,000 in lost state pension, with less than 7 years to attempt to accommodate the change. 

Rachel Reeves MP, Labour's Shadow Pensions Minister, speaking ahead of the Second Reading on the Pensions Bill, said:

"By the end of Monday thousands of women up and down the country will know whether their MP has voted for David Cameron's broken promise. It is simply wrong to punish women by moving the goal posts at this late stage.

"I've always agreed that the state pension needs to rise as people live longer, but these proposals unfairly hit women. There is strong and vocal opposition to these unfair pension changes across the UK. It's not too late for David Cameron to think again." 



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