David Blunkett, the new work and pensions secretary, yesterday refused to rule out the introduction of compulsory pensions.
In an interview on BBC1’s Breakfast with Frost, Blunkett declared that there were “no off limits” when he was asked whether compulsion was an option.
“I made it clear, when I talked to the prime minister on Friday evening and in the release I put out, that there are no off limits here,” he said.
“We’ve got to be able to address, quickly, decisively, where we’re going.”
Blunkett made clear that he is prepared for radical solutions once Adair Turner, head of the Pensions Commission, publishes his long-awaited report in the autumn.
“I want to build a consensus so I want, with Adair Turner, to be able to reach out to the other major political parties because we need a lasting solution for the decades ahead – not a quick fix,” he said.