Proposals for a Pensions Bill - equality impact assessment

Consultation opened on 21 November 2013. Closing date 14 February 2014.


In order to comply with its obligations under section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, the Department has undertaken an EQIA on proposals which, subject to Ministerial agreement and Executive approval, may be brought forward in a Pensions Bill.


Consultation description

It is anticipated that the proposed Bill will:

  • provide for the introduction of a new single-tier State pension for future pensioners
  • include measures to amend the timetable for increasing the State pension age from 66 to 67
  • outline the legislative framework for the introduction of a new benefit – Bereavement Support Payment – to replace existing bereavement benefits and
  • amend existing private pension legislation.

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