The government has set a date for the second reading of the controversial Pensions Bill.
The bill has a provisional second reading date of 20 June, which is nine weeks after its first House of Commons reading on 27 April.
Speculation had been growing over the second reading of the bill, which contains controversial plans to raise the state pension age (SPA) to 66 by 2020.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) strenuously denied the second reading of the bill had been delayed.
Rumours circulated the reading had been timetabled for a date in mid-May but shelved due to the angry reaction of women in their fifties, who will be the group most affected by the change.
A DWP spokesperson said last week the reading had not happened sooner because of a busy Commons timetable.
Shadow pensions minister Rachel Reeves said last week: "There has been a massive delay between the readings, which is normally a period of two weeks.
"We expected the second reading in May, and we suspect the government has heard the anger of women affected by the changes and is looking for a fairer way, although it is hard to tell."
Reeves has also hinted of a Liberal Democrat rebellion against the changes.
The government plans to increase the SPA to 66 by 2020, instead of the previous date of 2026.
This means women face a more accelerated rise than men, and around 300,000 women in their fifties will have to wait for up to a further two years to claim their pensions.
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