State pension age rise brought forward – BBC News

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Six million men and women will have to wait a year longer than they expected to get their state pension, the government has announced.

The rise in the pension age to 68 will now be phased in between 2037 and 2039, rather than from 2044 as was originally proposed.

Those affected are currently between the ages of 39 and 47.

The announcement was made in the Commons by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, David Gauke.

He said the government had decided to accept the recommendations of the Cridland report, which proposed the change.

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Media captionThe change declared by Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, David Gauke

“As life expectancy continues to rise and the number of people in receipt of state pension increases, we need to ensure that we have a fair and sustainable system that is reflective of modern life and protected for future generations, ” he told MPs.

State pension age could be raised to 70 A longer life entails a longer wait for your pension Media captionShadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams says the pension change is “anything but fair”

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