Government to bring forward state pension age rise

By Sam Thomas | 19th July 2017 | 7 min read

The Pensions Secretary David Gauke, announced to bring forward the state pension age increase, seven years earlier than the expected 2037 previously planned date.

According to Gauke, the change is necessary thanks to a greater life expectancy, and to do otherwise would place an unfair burden on younger generations. Gauke, also stated that the proposals would create “fairness across generations, and the certainty which people need to plan for old age”.

"The government insists they want Britain to be the best county in the world to grow."

In response to the announcement, Labour has said it opposed the government's plans, and stood by its manifesto pledge to keep the SPA as it is. They called the move “astonishing, given recent reports suggesting increases in life expectancy were beginning to stall, and long-standing health inequalities between different income groups and regions in retirement.”

What does the current legislation state?

The current UK legislation states that from December 2018, the state pension age for men and women will increase to 66. It will then rise to 67 between 2026 and 2028 and to 68 between 2044 and 2046.

What are the 5 Key Facts?

  • The change will affect everyone born between 6th April 1970 and 5th April 1978, who will now work a year longer
  • The raise is said to save £74bn by 2046/47
  • The new age is to be brought in over a two-year period
  • No one born on or before 5 April 1970 will see a change to their current state pension age
  • There will be no change for those born after 6 April 1978, whose state pension age was already due to rise to 68

How we can help prepare for retirement

With the recent rise of the state pension age and a record number of businesses staging this year, IRIS are helping to ensure that all businesses fully understand the Automatic Enrolment legislation and how it affects them. Accountants, advisors and indeed businesses can join us next month for a free webinar, Bite-sized Intro to Auto Enrolment for Small Businesses and get all of the information you need to tackle AE and ask any questions you may have.

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