EOC backs National Insurance investigation

The
Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has backed the Government’s plans to
investigate the possibility of National Insurance being extended to cover more
women.

The
idea was outlined as part of the Government’s plans to reform occupational
pensions as many women fail to build up enough credits for a full state
pension.

Julie
Mellor, chair of the EOC, said women are far more likely to be poor in old age,
with their average income half that of retired men.

Only
38 per cent of working-age women are part of an occupational scheme and Mellor
believes there is a strong case for compelling employers and staff to
contribute.

www.eoc.org.uk

By Ross Wigham

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