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MPs to grill Altmann over state pension changes

MPs to grill Altmann over state pension changes

MPs will grill pensions minister Ros Altmann as part of an ongoing inquiry into the new state pension.

Altmann (pictured) will appear in front of the Work and Pensions Select Committee on Monday 18 January.

Earlier this month, the committee published an interim report decrying the government’s ‘bungled’ communication of the new state pension.

From April 2016 a new flat-rate state pension of £155.65 will replace the existing two-tier system. As many as one in three retirees are expected to lose out because they have not made sufficient national insurance contributions over their lifetime.

The interim report criticised the way changes to state pension rules have been communicated by the department of Work and Pensions (DWP) particularly to women who stand to lose out as a result of the rule changes.

The report suggested changes to the state pension letters being sent out to retirees, with a draft new version proposed by the Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign.

The committee, which is chaired by Labour MP for Birkenhead Frank Field, said Altmann would be asked to give her views on the issues raised in the interim report and asked whether any changes would be made to DWP's communications to those affected.

‘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,’ the committee said.

‘She is expected to be asked about her views on the issues raised in the interim report, and what changes the DWP intends to make to the entitlement statements it sends out.’

Altmann will appear alongside DWP director of communications Richard Caseby and DWP deputy director of contributory pensions Duncan Gilchrist.

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