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State Retirement Pensions: Married People

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what entitlement a married man has to a state retirement pension on the basis of contributions made by his wife; and if he will make a statement. (209567)

At present, only a married woman may claim a state pension (of up to £54.35 a week, at current rates) on the basis of contributions made by her husband. This will change after April 2010 when those provisions in the state pension scheme that are still unequal as between men and women begin to be equalised. This will mean that a married man whose wife was born on or after 6 April 1950 (and who will therefore reach pension age herself after April 2010) will be entitled to such a pension on the same terms as a married woman. This change will also apply to people in civil partnerships.