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Consultation Response

Aspects of the Economics of an Ageing Population

A March 2003 joint response from WBG & Fawcett Society to the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs Call for Evidence.


The current British pension system, including state and private pensions, is grossly inadequate for most women. Designed on a post War male breadwinner and female carer model it does not meet women’s needs or take account of their different life experiences. We argue therefore that the British pension system is due for a radical overhaul for as long as pension acquisition continues to depend on full- time, continuous, well paid work, it cannot meet the needs of women.

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