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Jon Ashworth MP, Labour MP for Leicester South, hits out at pension reforms as Leicester women are set to lose out
Recent research reveals the true cost of last week’s pension’s reforms to over 1,500 women in Leicester who are set to lose out.
1,700 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 it 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.
“Ministers have been caught red-handed hiding the truth on pension’s reforms. This government’s pension’s changes have hit hardworking women in my Constituency and in Leicester time and again and these reforms are no different. In Leicester South 500 women will be nearly £2,000 worse off compared to men, a figure that rises to 1,700 for the whole of the City. But instead of being honest with the women that will lose out the government has 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.”