Your pension is thousands of pounds less, just because you’re gay!? You might have assumed that winning equal marriage in the UK meant we had finally won equality. Sadly not.
Take Peter, for example. He’s an anaesthetist, who has been with his partner Kris since 1990 (see photo above). If Peter dies before Kris, Kris will get a survivor pension. But it’ll be nearly £5K less per year because he’s a gay man, not a woman!
The government already knows that it isn’t fair that straight couples get more money. And this week All Out’s partner Trade Union Congress (TUC) is calling for them to put it right. Around London’s Pride march, the government often makes a pro-equality announcement. A huge outcry could mean they prioritise making pensions equal. Sign now.
Published 19 June 2015. Photo: Peter on the left, Kris on the right