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State Retirement Pensions

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 30391, tabled on 9 March 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what factors he took into account when setting the new state pension age cut-off date.

Answered on

17 March 2016

The 2011 Green Paper “A state pension for the 21st century” set out the Government’s vision for a simpler state pension and proposed the new State Pension should start from April 2016.

The 2013 White Paper “The single-tier pension: a simple foundation for saving” which set out proposals for the new State Pension in more detail proposed that it should be introduced in April 2017 at the earliest. However, having noted the positive responses to the White Paper, the Government looked again at whether it would be possible to introduce the reform earlier.

The Government decided to return to the original timetable to deliver the reform as soon as possible, to support the roll-out of automatic enrolment and provide certainty concerning the changes for both individuals and their pension schemes at the earliest opportunity. The decision to return to the original implementation date also meant that around 400,000 more people would reach State Pension age under the new State Pension, including every woman affected by State Pension age changes in the Pensions Act 2011.