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Full state pension for stay at home mothers and carers

Stay-at-home mothers and carers may receive a full state pension under a proposed overhaul of the country's retirement system.

At the moment, people who do not work for 30 years do not qualify for the full basic state pension. Under the reforms, mothers and carers will be treated as if they had worked throughout their lives.

The measure will be applied to people who retire from 2015, giving an average of £40 extra a week to people who took time out of work. Currently, they receive a reduced entitlement for each year out of employment.  However, the overhaul may hit wealthier workers, as the state second pension will be scrapped.

The Government will publish the full details of the pension reform in the coming weeks.

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