UK - Pensions minister Steve Webb has confirmed that a single flat-rate pension is one of a range of options that will be explored in a green paper to be published shortly.
Answering questions in the House of Commons, Webb said the £140 a week flat rate pensions would solve the problem of unclaimed means-tested benefits.
Webb added that it would provide a "clear foundation for saving".
"Whereas under the current system, every pound one saves results in the clawback of means-tested benefits, a decent single pension will get one clear of means-testing to a far greater extent," he said.
But Labour pensions spokeswoman Rachel Reeves, who has attacked the government for dithering over the consultation before, repeated her claim that this was a promise of "jam tomorrow" and pressed the minister on other matters.
She urged him to reconsider the timetable for raising the state pension age set out in the Pensions Bill which will particularly affect women born between December 1953 and October 1954.
Webb said the government recognised the importance of giving people sufficient notice of the changes, but said he believed the timetable provided the "best balance between the impact on individuals and fairness to the taxpayer".
But Reeves cited a petition which has attracted 10,000 signatures and letters in The Times and Daily Telegraph, calling for a rethink.
In a statement, she said: "The flat rate pension is but one option in a green paper that has been delayed and delayed since October. There is no way of knowing whether this will do anything to protect these women who will have to wait for up to two years to receive their pension, and provides no certainty as a basis for amending their plans for security in retirement."
Webb said the consultation on simplifying the state pension was one part of a "twin track strategy" to tackle pensioner poverty.
"For today's pensioners, as well as restoring the earnings link we are looking at measures to make sure that people claim the means-tested benefits to which they are entitled, but we will also be consulting on a much firmer foundation of state pension for the future so that we guarantee that more people do not have to retire into poverty," he said.
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