A number of you have contacted me about changes to the State Pension age.
As you may be aware, The Pensions Act 1995 legislated to equalise the State Pension age, and the Pensions Act 2011 accelerated this equalisation. The 2011 Act included also transitional arrangements limiting State Pension age delays.
The Pensions Acts of 1995, 2007, and 2011 were all subject to public consultation and debate in Parliament, and were all widely reported in the media. The changes in the 1995 legislation were communicated in leaflets, advertising campaigns, and individual letters. The up-to-date State Pension age was also provided to those who requested a Pension Statement. More than 28 million personal State Pension statements were provided between April 2000 and April 2019.
On 3rd October 2019 the High Court judged that changes made to women’s State Pension age were entirely lawful and that they did not discriminate on any grounds, neither in terms of age or sex discrimination. The Court dismissed claims that due notice was not given. The High Court noted that successive governments took a measured approach after recognising the inequality in the State Pension age and the need to increase it. This ruling has now gone to the Court of Appeal.
There are record number of women in employment, and it is a personal priority of mine to see that the Government explores new ways to support women both into work and in work.
Many thanks to all those who wrote to me to raise their concerns.