Isn’t it time to look at men’s situation?

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Sir, There is a need for the government to look again at the basic state pension rates. The rates in April 2016 are £155.65 for a man born on or after April 6 1951, compared with £119.30 (£115.95 with 2.9 per cent rise) per week for a man born before that date, 30 per cent higher or £1,890 per year. Many men born before April 6 1951, will have left school at age 15 and worked until retiring at 65 and in less favourable working conditions than later workers.

The current retirement age is 65 years for men. Age is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 and there is a general rule that those who provide a public function such as the Department for Work and Pensions should not discriminate on the basis of age. However, there are statutory exceptions within the Act in which the Equality Act 2010 would not apply. In order to correct this situation parliament needs to review how to more closely match the pension rates over time. Perhaps 3 per cent extra for 10 years, on top of inflation would bring the old rate in line with the new.

The appalling case for women has been discussed already in parliament and MPs should now discuss the case for men.

Colin Clarke

Stamford Bridge, York, UK

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