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Financial Assistance Scheme

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his oral statement of 25 May 2006, Official Report, columns 1648-70, on pensions reform, what steps he is taking to allow early retirement funded by the Financial Assistance Scheme if a beneficiary is in ill health. (76824)

Financial Assistance Scheme payments commence at age 65, except in special circumstances where early payment can be made to terminally ill qualifying members or to survivors of qualifying members who have died, on application by the scheme trustees.

We have no plans to extend early access to payments more broadly to anyone in ill health.