Government will not do a U-turn on women’s state pension age

The Government has refused to change its’ mind and will press ahead with plans to raise the retirement age for women. At the second reading of the Pension Bill Iain Duncan-Smith (left), Secretary of State for Work and Pensions made it clear that the government would press ahead with plans to raise the female retirement age to 65 by 2018 and 66 from 2020. The Secretary of State did however say that the government would consider “transitional arrangements” for those women worst affected. Despite a growing call for these changes to be looked at again, Mr Duncan-Smith was in no mood to do ...