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Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

15. To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effect on carers of the Government's new pension proposals. (93412)

Our reforms will make a real difference to carers’ incomes in retirement.

Reducing the number of qualifying years needed for a full basic State Pension to 30 will mean the proportion of women entitled to a full basic State Pension will increase to around 70 per cent. of women reaching State Pension age in 2010, compared with around 30 per cent. today.

Many of these women will be carers, who could also gain from the more generous crediting arrangements in the reformed State Pension.