House of Commons Library research released by Labour reveals the true cost of last week’s pensions reforms to an estimated 600 women in Denton and Reddish constituency (which also includes Audenshaw, Dukinfield, Heaton Chapel and Heaton Norris) who are set to lose out.
Around 600 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 he 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.
Local MP Andrew Gwynne said:
“Ministers have been caught red-handed hiding the truth on pensions reforms.
“This Tory-led Government’s pensions changes have hit hardworking women across Audenshaw, Denton, Dukinfield, Reddish and the Heatons time and again, and these reforms are no different. 600 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 they had the decency to be honest about who will lose out under their plans.”