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New State Pension: Committee publishes Government response

22 June 2016

In its 27 March 2016 report the Committee found widespread confusion over the impact of the New State Pension, just weeks before its introduction, with many people left "unprepared and confused". It concluded that communication of such important changes should never have been left to a general awareness campaign.

Government to contact directly those who don't meet pension criteria

Following the Committee's recommendation, the Government has agreed to write directly to those people who do not meet the Minimum Qualifying Period for the new state pension - 10 qualifying years of National Insurance contributions. This group will get less from the new state pension than they would have expected from the old system. The Government have estimated that there are over 100,000 people in this group in the UK.

The Committee also welcomes the Government's commitment to promoting and enhancing the Check your State Pension service, which gives an individual's forecast state pension.

Chair's comment

Frank Field MP, Chair of the Committee, said:

"The Committee has encountered untold confusion among people who wanted to know the value of their state pension, and who had received little or no communication from the Government. It looks as though the Government will begin to apply the lessons from our evidence, by writing to people who do not meet the minimum criteria for the new state pension. We very much welcome this initiative."

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