Women to have early pension access, MPs advise

A committee of MPs has recommended that the government should give some women early access to their state pension if they agree to accept lower weekly payments.

If agreed, the proposal would apply to thousands of women who have argued that they were not given enough warning that the pension age was being increased from 60-66 by 2020.

Ministers have since been under pressure to introduce new measures to support the estimated 500,000 women born in the 1950s who must now wait an extra six years to claim their pension. Over 130,000 people have signed a petition calling for ‘transitional arrangements’ to be put in place to help such women cope with the changes.

Nonetheless, Baroness Altmann, Minister for Pensions, defended the government claiming that it made the new regulations clear, by sending letters to women who would be affected by the changes in addition to advertising the changes in papers and magazines.