17 May 2011
Government's pension plans 'unfair on women'
The government could be guilty of sex discrimination if it presses ahead with its current schedule to amend the UK's state pension system, an expert has suggested
Dr Ros Altman, director-general of Saga, has called on the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition to reconsider its plans to increase the age at which people are eligible to receive a state pension, as the present proposals are unjust as they "impose an unfair timetable for these changes".
The professional explained that her organisation is fully behind amending the current structure as the average career span continues to grow, but insisted that the administration is endangering "long-term sustainability" in the pensions system at the moment.
In addition, Dr Altman believes the alterations are heavily weighted against females and added "women cannot understand why they have been singled out to bear the brunt of long-term cost savings on state pensions".
The government revealed earlier this year that the women's state pension age will go up to 65 between April 2016 and November 2018.
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