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Once again Ministers have been caught with their hands in pensioners’ pockets – Nia Griffith

30th January 2013

Once again Ministers have been caught with their hands in pensioners’ pockets – Nia Griffith

House of Commons Library research released by Labour reveals the true cost of last week’s pensions reforms to thousands of women in Wales who are set to lose out.

Around 22,600 women in Wales 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.

Despite Government claims that they would "have to be absolutely transparent [about who will lose]” they have 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.

Shadow Wales Office Minister Nia Griffith said,

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

“This government’s pensions changes have hit hardworking women time and again and these reforms are no different. Around 22,600 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 this government had the decency to be honest about who will lose out under their plans.”