“as we expected, the cost to pension schemes and employers for providing statutory equal death benefits for same-sex and opposite sex married couples is a fraction of the cost of equalising GMP benefits (the contracted-out benefits earned by individuals between 1978 and 1997). Estimates vary, but GMP equalisation could cost employers over £10bn in increased liabilities and £300m in administration costs. The Government’s inconsistency here is very surprising as, on one hand they call for gender equality but on the other they have rejected sexual orientation equality with little justification other than a reference to it having a cost which now turns out to be miniscule."
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