Labour has slammed the coalition government for dithering over plans to introduce a flat rate state pension after it shelved the launch of a consultation last year.
Labour pension spokeswoman Rachel Reeves attacked pensions minister Steve Webb and the government for failing to deliver on promises to release a green paper consultation on a reported £140 flat rate state pension before the end of 2010.
The Opposition warned the green paper had now been delayed "indefinitely".
Reeves said: "The revelation that the Department for Work and Pensions and the Treasury can't agree on how the £140 flat rate pension would work is a blow for millions of people who had pinned hopes on the government's promise of more money and more certainty in retirement.
"It seems that the devil is indeed in the detail, and in this case to the extent that the government cannot even reach agreement amongst themselves on how the plan for a flat rate pension would work in practice."
News reports last October said the coalition government was planning to replace the tripartite pension system of basic state pensions, state second pension and pension credit with a flat rate universal pension for all of around £140 per week.
However, industry sources have speculated that news of a £140 flat rate pension was leaked to the press to deflect attention away from the announcement on plans to force all employers to auto-enrol staff in pensions.
Reports of the flat rate pension dominated the press on 25 October last year, two days before the DWP published its official report on auto-enrolment, which confirmed the launch of NEST.
Webb has said a number of options were still being considered for the flat rate state pension.
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