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SNP: George Osborne 'obsessed by unnecessary austerity'

Mhairi Black accused George Osborne of being Credit: PA

Chancellor George Osborne has been accused of having an obsession with "unnecessary austerity" in a debate over pension inequality.

Mhairi Black, the UK's youngest MP, told an SNP spring conference in Glasgow that pensions are not a benefit but a right.

Ms Black said the previous Conservative government failed to publicise a change in the law which brought the age women receive the state pension into line with that for men.

While the retirement age is currently 66, she said some females are "only now finding out they will be waiting six years to get their pension" instead of getting it when they turn 60.

Still, women are only now hearing about this

And I repeat myself because there seem to be ministers in London who just aren't quite getting it - pensions are not a benefit, they are a right.

– Mhairi Black MP, Paisley and Renfrewshire South

She also decried Mr Osborne's "unnecessary austerity obsession", saying he was willing to take from the young, disabled and pensioners.

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