New flat-rate state pension comment
Published on 01 April 2011 04:00 PM
Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director at Age UK, said:
'Plans to consider introducing a higher, flat-rate state pension are very good news. Our state pension system is one of the least generous and most complicated in the developed world so any move which takes away the guesswork for those nearing retirement is a step in the right direction. But the Government must not turn its back on the 1.8 million current pensioners living in poverty. Much more should be done to get vital benefits cash to all those who need it.'
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