Tory and Lib Dem MPs vote against our amendments to the Pensions Bill
06.07.11 - Helen Pearce
Yesterday, despite all their promises that they would provide ‘transitional arrangements’ to minimise the impact on women unfairly affected by the changes to the State Pension Age included in the Pensions Bill, the Government voted down Labour amendments that would do just that.
Rachel Reeves, Shadow Pensions Minister, put forward amendments to the Committee that would stop the speeding up of the equalisation of women and men’s pension age, and that would increase the pension age to 66 at a slower pace than that suggested by the Government.
These changes, had they been accepted, would have meant women and men would be equally affected by the changes; they would have meant nobody would have to work more than a year longer; and they would give everybody more notice of changes to their pension age.
The Labour amendments would also save £20 billion on the status quo.
But that wasn’t good enough for the Government, who voted ‘NO’.
You can read what happened at the Committee here:
The second link contains details of how the MPs voted.
Every single Liberal Democrat and Tory MP voted AGAINST the Labour amendments to the Bill, including Stephen Lloyd, the Lib Dem MP for Eastbourne who has signed petitions in Parliament supporting our campaign. All the Labour MPs, and the Plaid Cymru MP, voted FOR the amendments to stop these unfair pension changes.
The MPs who voted to keep these unfair state pension changes in the Bill are:
Baldwin, Harriett - Conservative
Bingham, Andrew - Conservative
Boles, Nick - Conservative
Jones, Marcus - Conservative
Lloyd, Stephen - Liberal Democrat
Metcalfe, Stephen - Conservative
Rudd, Amber - Conservative
Selous, Andrew - Conservative
Sharma, Alok - Conservative
Smith, Chloe - Conservative
Webb, Steve - Liberal Democrat
MPs will still have the chance to vote on these changes again when the Bill returns to the House of Commons – and we’ll keep fighting on this one. Unfortunately, those MPs on the Committee who voted against the amendments that would have stopped these changes have shown us their true colours.
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