Early day motion 1093

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That this House is appalled that 1.8 million pensioners are currently living in poverty and that many more older people living above the official poverty line are struggling in the face of rising living costs; welcomes the principle of a non-means-tested flat-rate state pension set at a decent level; notes that the Government's draft Pensions Bill will create a single tier pension of £144 a week in today's prices; regrets that this is less than the amount set out in the Pensions White Paper and less than the official poverty level; further regrets that these proposals do nothing to help existing pensioners on low incomes or those who will reach pension age before 2017; further notes with particular concern the unjust situation facing around 429,000 women born between 6 April 1952 and 6 July 1953 who will not qualify for the single tier whereas a man born on exactly the same date will qualify for the flat rate state pension of around £144 per week; urges the Government to look again at ways to address the unequal and unfair situation facing this group of women; reiterates the need for a fair deal for all older people and a decent universal state pension for all; and calls on Ministers to pay greater attention to existing pensioner poverty and the needs of those who will reach state pension age before the new system commences.

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Total number of signatures: 19

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Anderson, David Labour Party Blaydon 28.02.2013
Campbell, Gregory Democratic Unionist Party Londonderry East 27.02.2013
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 26.02.2013
Clark, Katy Labour Party North Ayrshire and Arran 26.02.2013
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 26.02.2013
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 26.02.2013
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 25.02.2013
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 27.02.2013
Galloway, George Respect Bradford West 28.02.2013
Hepburn, Stephen Labour Party Jarrow 18.03.2013
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 27.02.2013
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 25.02.2013
McCrea, Dr William Democratic Unionist Party South Antrim 27.02.2013
McGovern, Jim Labour Party Dundee West 26.02.2013
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 26.02.2013
Qureshi, Yasmin Labour Party Bolton South East 18.03.2013
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 27.02.2013
Roy, Lindsay Labour Party Glenrothes 21.03.2013
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 27.02.2013