The Work and Pensions Committee questions Pensions Minister Baroness Ros Altmann on the New State Pension (NSP), which comes into effect in April 2016. The Committee published an interim report highlighting its concerns over the information Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has so far provided about its reformed system.
Monday 18 January 2016, Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Inquiry background and focus of the session
The Committee has heard evidence that confusion is rife, including from some women who have realised very late that receipt of their state pension was years further away than they had thought and planned for.
Baroness Altmann herself said some aspects of the reforms have been miscommunicated in the past, agreeing that some aspects of the new State Pension had been 'mis-sold'. She is expected to be asked about her views on the issues raised in the interim report, and what changes DWP intends to make to the entitlement statements it sends out.
Other issues expected to be put to the Minister include:
- concerns about the differential impact on women born between 6 April 1951 and 5 April 1953
- awareness of state pension age changes, as highlighted by the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign group
- groups that will be worse off under the new system than they would have been under the old system
- the DWP’s readiness to implement the NSP, and its ongoing communications strategy