Women ‘worse off’ in pension reforms

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Pix: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com...COPYRIGHT PICTURE>>SHAUN FLANNERY>01302-570814>>07778315553>>..11th May 2012..Dearne Valley College..Opening of DVC Job Zone..L-R Vicky Martin, College Interim Principle Ioan Morgan and John Healey MP (Wentworth and Dearne).

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DEARNE MP John Healey has hit out at planned pension reforms which could mean 700 women in the Wentworth and Dearne constituency lose out.

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.

But men born during the same period will qualify.

Mr Healey said the government had failed to make clear the full consequences of the changes, despite claiming it would be “absolutely transparent.”

This is the second time the government has been caught trying to hide the full impact of its changes for pensions following the Granny Tax.

Mr Healey said: “Ministers have been caught red-handed hiding the truth on pension reforms.

“This government’s pension changes have hit hard-working women in Rotherham and Barnsley time and time again and these reforms are no different.

“700 women in the constituency 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.”