State pension age – last chance for fairer reforms

There’s one last opportunity coming up for MPs to introduce changes to state pension age in a fairer way. The Pensions Bill currently before Parliament brings forward increases to state pension age. It would equalise men’s and women’s state pension age at 65 in November 2018, and then raise it to 66 by April 2020 – six years early than planned. This would result in nearly 5 million people having to wait longer than expected to draw their state pension. Among these are 330,000 women who will have to wait 18 to 24 months longer. At Age UK we believe these changes are happening too quickly without giving people time to rework their retirement plans.

We are currently awaiting a date for Report Stage and Third Reading in the House of Commons – the final opportunity for MPs to make changes. This could be in the week starting the 12 September.

We are encouraged that Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Duncan Smith, has said he wants to implement changes fairly and get the transition right. We are urging the Government to reconsider the position and at the very least introduce measures to protect those who would be most affected. For more information and details about how to get involved see http://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/state-pension-age-campaign/

8 responses to “State pension age – last chance for fairer reforms

  1. What is so frustrating for those of us who have been involved in the fight against this injustice all this year is that we have done all these things, we’ve written to our MP’s (in my case she is Labour and against the SPA change anyway) we’ve written to the press,and been featured individually in the press too, we’ve written to and emailed every Tory and Lib Dem MP even when they are not our own, we’ve sent the postcards, we’ve been to London, we’ve spoken at Union meetings, some of us have been on TV and radio, we’ve formed protest groups, we’ve signed and presented a huge petition, we’ve sent an open letter to IDS and it’s all, so far, been in vain because they have overridden us at every turn.
    And now it’s come down to the last opportunity, what more can we do? How can we protest louder or longer or more forcibly than we have already? I sincerely hope you have some more ideas yet because so far everything has fallen on stony ground. I also hope that the secretary of state for works and pensions is a man of his word.

  2. I also hope that that Ian Duncan Smith is a man of his word, but they have broken their word before. They even ignore the Coalition agreement. Both the Lib Dems and the Tories have done this. Its not worth the paper its written on. I am afraid that the Government have made so many concessions over the past months our cause may be the one they dig their heels in. They think of us as a soft target. Why have they not published their transitional arrangements? I don’t think that they will make a scrap of difference for the vast majority of us. I am continuing the e-mails and letters anyway right to the end.

  3. Although I was born in 1947 and retired at 60, I have fought alongside the women who are fighting the unfair proposed accelerated age rise on behalf of 500,000 women and I will fight this injustice to the bitter end with them. What more can they do ? Some women still don’t know it’s happening at all and will affect them.
    Can the goverenment be legally challenged for theire broken promise ?

  4. The Government is pressing ahead with changes to the timetable of raising the state pension age because they need the money. Why are they then saying that the amount raised by the 50p tax rate (expected to be around £3 billion this year) is effectively not really worth collecting?

    They say they want to encourage growth but what they don’t seem to acknowledge is that you need to have a market, and the largest market is made up ordinary people. Many of those ordinary people are older and many of us have effectively stopped spending because we fear redundancy and are unlikely to find another job easily, are having our salaries and pensions cut, and now find we will have to wait up to another 24 months before we can draw our state pension with very little chance to make up a shortfall of thousands in income. This is in addition to rising prices affecting real things like food and fuel, and the increase in VAT.

    • Alison Wardell

      Is there no way that we can take these concerns to a european court?
      It makes my blood boil when I think of the total injustice dealt to us by men who have had a privileged upbringing.
      This is not democracy.
      The situation for me is that I now have to work 2 years longer than a woman born 2 weeks before me.

  5. I think the only way this can be stopped is if cameron and co lose power and get booted out in a vote of no confidence – asap – then we might stand a chance with labour. How can it be justified that a bunch of rich conmen are getting away with doing this to older women – let alone what they are planning to do to the sick and disabled – most of whom have worked all their lives and now have the unfortunate luck to be ill or approaching retirement – or in my case both.

  6. We are writing to Ed Miliband asking if he has any plans to reverse this injustice when he comes into power at the next election, which surely he must. Labour were against it all along but were outvoted. I wish we could take it to a Europenan court but it would need some official body such as Age Uk to do so.

  7. We can discuss the fairness of how pension provision is apportioned but what politicians wont openly say is that it is an arythmetic certainty that real terms spend per person claiming pension will come under huge pressure in the future. This is because pensions are paid by current taxation and the proportion of retired people to working people is increasing and will eventually hit 1 to 2. My concern is, if two working people are to pay one persons pension between them, how much can they be expected to pay on top of everything else? The era of being able to rely on the state may be drawing to a close. It will be interesting to watch future developments in Japan where this trend is happening even quicker.

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