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Women are still second-class citizens in pension system

Baroness Altmann writes in the Daily Mail that the Court of Appeal judgment last week is a blow to the many women who believe the sharp increase in their state pension age from 2010 discriminated against them. She says that she supports the concept of state pension age equality, and it is difficult to defend women being able to start their state pension five years before men, while also having longer life expectancy. However, she adds that women have always been – and still are - second-class citizens in the UK pension system. Altmann contends that women often lose out because of their societal role. “More women work in lower-paid sectors and are often those caring for family, so they earn less than men of their age, work part?time and have shorter working lives and lower lifetime earnings than men,” she writes.

Read more: Daily Mail


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