Published on 05 April 2011 04:30 PM
Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director at Age UK, said:
'Age UK welcomes the Green Paper as the start of debate on how we can achieve a simpler higher state pension which encourages savings and ensures people avoid poverty.
'Our state pension system is one of the least generous and most complicated in the developed world and it is essential that as we go forward we have a state pension system fit for the 21st century. The details of how reforms will be achieved need to be carefully considered but our preference is for a single higher pension introduced as soon as possible which would ensure that many women and others currently facing low income in retirement could look forward to greater financial security in the future.
'And the Government must not turn its back on the 1.8 million current pensioners living in poverty. More needs to be done to ensure those already retired can enjoy an adequate income including measures to get vital benefits cash to all those who need it.'
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