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Complainant Name:
Anthony Brindley

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph


Anthony Brindley complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article on the subject of state pensions which incorrectly stated that although government ministers had decided to increase the pensionable age, the change would be delayed until 2024.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following wording both in print and on the newspaper's website:

State pension age

Coverage on May 21 mistakenly suggested that the state pension age for men and women would be raised to 66 and four months in 2024 in order to help women in their fifties. The correct age and date, as set out in the Pensions Bill, remain 66 and 2020 respectively. Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has said, however, that he will consider suggestions as the Bill continues through Parliament to ensure that the transition to 66 will be as smooth as possible for those women most affected. We are happy to set the record straight.

Date Published: 23/08/2011

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