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DWP State Pension Consultation Response

On 4 April 2011 the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) published a Green Paper detailing two potential routes for state pension reform.

The first was a proposal to keep two state pensions, but to move forward the planned flat rating of the State Second Pension (S2P) scheme to 2020 from the original target date of 2030. The second proposal would see the introduction of a single-tier State Pension, for those who retire after a yet to be determined date in the next parliament, of £140 a week (in today's prices).

The DWP has today announced said that they received around 1,700 responses to the consultation with 1,600 of these coming from individuals and around a 100 from various Stakeholder groups. Over three-quarters of the organisations that responded favoured the single-tier pension approach.

The Minister for Pensions Steve Webb said:

"In spite of our best efforts to encourage take-up, Pension Credit has failed to reach over a million low income pensioners who are entitled to help.  What we want to do is reform to create a simpler State Pension that won't leave people relying on means testing to make ends meet.

"A simple, decent state pension, that is easy to understand would give people more clarity and certainty about what they will get from the state. It is this clarity and firm foundation that will help people make decisions about saving for retirement - a crucial step as we prepare to enrol 10 million people into workplace savings from 2012."

Parliament will now consider the feedback.

The full DWP Press Release and a summary of the responses received can be found here:

DWP - State Pension Reform