Minister defends curb on pensions

Press Association
Steve Webb
Steve Webb

It is not fair to taxpayers that a growing number of people overseas can claim UK pensions even though they have "never put a penny" into the system or even been here, pensions minister Steve Webb said as he defended a proposed curb.

The Pensions Bill, part of the Government's legislative package to be unveiled in Wednesday's Queen's Speech, will seek to end the practice of women being able to claim solely on the basis of their husband's contributions or vice-versa.