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The gender pension gap

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1395: tabled on 25 January 2021

Tabled in the 2019-21 session.

This motion has been signed by 51 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House expresses concern about the gender pension gap which stands at around 40.3 per cent, more than twice the gender pay gap of 17.3 per cent, representing a differential in pension income of around £7,500 a year; understands that women’s lower average lifetime earnings, as well as the increased likelihood of their taking breaks from paid employment or reducing working hours, often to undertake caring responsibilities, directly reduces their retirement earnings, increasing the likelihood of later-life poverty; recognises the effect of the speed of state pension age equalisation which meant many women had insufficient time to prepare for retirement; notes that the State Pension triple lock does not apply to pension credit, discriminating against the oldest and poorest pensioners, who are disproportionately women; is perturbed by the ongoing anomaly created by the inflexibility of the National Insurance system which excludes those, disproportionately women, who may have several jobs but which fall below the Lower Earnings Threshold, and so do not receive any credit for their State Pension; is alarmed that anyone earning less than £10,000 a year, mostly women, is not automatically enrolled into a pension and will not therefore benefit from their employers’ contributions; is aware that lower lifetime earnings mean lower private pensions and that women were often forced to leave company pensions if they married or worked part-time and tended to work in occupations where employer pensions were less prevalent; and calls for urgent measures from the Government to boost women’s pension income.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

McDonald, Stuart C
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2021
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2021
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Thomson, Richard
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2021
Gordon
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2021
Midlothian
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2021
Edinburgh East
Oswald, Kirsten
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2021
East Renfrewshire
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2021
Motherwell and Wishaw
Smith, Alyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2021
Stirling
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2021
Airdrie and Shotts
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2021
Glasgow South
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2021
Dunfermline and West Fife
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2021
Central Ayrshire
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2021
Ochil and South Perthshire
Blackford, Ian
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2021
Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2021
Glasgow North
Doogan, Dave
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2021
Angus
Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2021
Livingston
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2021
Lanark and Hamilton East
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 28 January 2021
Brighton, Pavilion
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 February 2021
Glasgow South West
Mishra, Navendu
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2021
Stockport
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 January 2021
Edinburgh North and Leith
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 January 2021
Dundee West
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 February 2021
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Callaghan, Amy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 February 2021
East Dunbartonshire
Ferrier, Margaret
Independent
Signed on 1 February 2021
Rutherglen and Hamilton West
MacAskill, Kenny
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 February 2021
East Lothian
Hanvey, Neale
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 February 2021
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 February 2021
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 3 February 2021
Glasgow Central
Gwynne, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2021
Denton and Reddish
Grant, Peter
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 February 2021
Glenrothes
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 8 February 2021
Ceredigion
Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2021
Birkenhead
Blackman, Kirsty
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 February 2021
Aberdeen North
Carmichael, Mr Alistair
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 February 2021
Orkney and Shetland
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 February 2021
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Eastwood, Colum
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 10 February 2021
Foyle
Chamberlain, Wendy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 February 2021
North East Fife
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 February 2021
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Yasin, Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 11 February 2021
Bedford
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 February 2021
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 February 2021
Falkirk
Ali, Tahir
Labour
Signed on 17 February 2021
Birmingham, Hall Green
Hanna, Claire
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 22 February 2021
Belfast South

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.