Monday, 4 October 2010

Will women's pension rights be protected from child benefit changes?

An important point about the detail of removing child benefit has been made by Alison Chuzzlit on twitter and in the comments here, and also by the commenter jenmum on the last post.

Withdrawing Child Benefit could damage women's entitlement to a basic state pension.

If you care for children at home, and get child benefit, your National Insurance contributions are maintained - which protect your basic state pension.

If your partner is earning £45k does that mean a woman's state pension is no longer protected?

The govt needs to answer that, and it's yet another instance of the burden of bailing out the banks falling on women.

A more detailed official guide to how claiming child benefit can protect your state pension for those caring for a child under 12.

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