Monday, 14 January 2013
The SNP today said the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies analysis of the Tories latest pension reforms showed claims it would help mums where a con.
The long awaited proposals for a new flat rate state pension were almost instantly derided by the IFS :
The IFS also stated that those who have children and took time out of their contributions would be worse off :
Commenting on the statement today SNP Work and Pensions spokesperson , Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP said :
“If we have learned anything from the last three years of Tory rule it is that the devil is always in the detail.
“In the long run workers who take time off for child care - principally women - and part time workers , will be worse of with these proposals . The independent IFS analysis makes it clear that the main effect of these reforms will be to reduce pensions for the vast majority of people.
“On top of the cuts already put in place for public sector pensions, the child benefit changes hitting some families by up to £1,300 a year and the impact of serious cutbacks in support for vulnerable people the UK Government are cutting back on support people need in difficult times.
“People in Scotland have an alternative. With a Yes vote in next year’s referendum we could set pensions policy, which is more affordable in Scotland, in the best interests of the people of Scotland, ensuring proper equality of pensions and protection for all."