Pension changes rethink

State pension reform which would see a new flat-rate payment given to all recipients will be rethought, according to reports in Westminster.

In June David Cameron said the government would introduce a flat-rate �140 payment for all pensioners, with the proposals to be put forward in a white paper released this autumn.

But the document is now expected to put forward other possibilities for reform as well, in order not to tie the government to one particular option.

The change is being made, it was claimed in a national newspaper, to head off a repeat of the 'granny tax' row sparked by budget changes that lowered pensioners' personal allowance rates.

A DWP spokesman said: 'As announced in the Queen's Speech the Government is committed to reforming the state pension system.

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'A white paper will be published this year which will outline the key features of a single-tier pension system. Making the system simpler and fairer.'

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