Tuesday, March 20, 2007
The government’s upcoming Green Paper on pensions will examine whether women who lost their pension after they were forced to leave work should be entitled to a state pension.
Under the marriage bar, which was abolished in 1973, women working in the public and civil service had to resign as soon as they married. Many of these women lost their cover under the social welfare system when they left work, and either did not qualify for a state pension when they retired, or only qualified for a smaller state pension. ‘‘Women have been atrociously discriminated against in pensions over the years,” said Pensions Ombudsman Paul Kenny. ‘‘Women were not just forced to leave jobs in the civil and public service because of the marriage bar; they were also expected to leave jobs in semi-state companies.